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Cultural Education
A summary of programmes and
July 2013
Foreword by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Ed Vaizey MP
Preface by Darren Henley
Our ambitions for world-class cultural education
Summary of key programmes
1. Cultural opportunities for all pupils
2. Nurturing talent and targeting disadvantage
3. A high-quality curriculum and qualifications offer in arts subjects
4. Excellent teaching
5. Celebrating national culture and history
6. Creating a lasting network of partnerships to deliver our ambitions
Appendix A – Darren Henley’s vision of cultural education
Appendix B – Arm’s length bodies
Appendix C - Programmes of study
Foreword by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Ed
Vaizey MP
The arts are the highest form of human achievement. Through art we not only make
sense of ourselves and the world, we also make our lives enchanted. Art allows us to
celebrate our common humanity and communicate across boundaries. Artistic
endeavour marks us out from the rest of nature as creators and celebrators of beauty.
That is why no education can be complete, indeed no programme of education can even
begin, without making the arts and creativity central to a child's life.
We teach children to read and write not just so they can take their place as informed
citizens in a modern democracy and not just so they are equipped to succeed in the
global race. We teach children to use, and enjoy, the English language because it is the
medium of Shakespeare and Dickens, Derek Walcott and Arundhati Roy, Robert Burns
and Elvis Costello. To know how to use the English language with facility and confidence
is to be given the tools to ravish souls and move hearts. That is why our curriculum
reforms emphasise the importance of learning to read early, reading widely for pleasure
and writing with clarity and flair.
Our approach to English is shaped by our belief in allowing every child to become an
author – of their own life story – liberated to express themselves as individuals and
create things anew every day.
And that commitment to creativity permeates our whole approach to education.
England's many successful schools put culture at the heart of their curriculum and we
want all schools to be able to emulate, indeed surpass, those which are currently
In order to make that happen we need to recognise that the best schools are outstanding
not because of government edict but because of great leadership from inspirational
teachers. The more we can do to give heads and teachers freedom over how they
organise their school day, week and year, and spend their own money, the more room
there is for innovation and excellence.
But while government should not direct it can celebrate, encourage and facilitate. That is
what this Cultural Education document seeks to do – not mandate like some Stalinist
dream of a bureau of socialist realist production but encourage and liberate as the best
teachers do.
We will encourage more schools to offer a wider spread of creative subjects with a new
accountability framework for secondary schools.
We have consulted on proposals to judge schools' performance in a balanced way which
gives appropriate weight to an increased uptake of arts and cultural subjects.
The best schools do not operate in isolation, and provision of a good cultural education
depends on the contribution of many other partners. This document sets out the
contribution that government, arm’s length bodies (ALBs) such as Arts Council England,
British Film Institute and English Heritage, and cultural education providers, as well as
parents and pupils, can make, alongside schools.
We also recognise and applaud the huge contribution of the many charitable,
philanthropic and voluntary organisations, as well as local authorities and other arts and
cultural organisations, for their provision of a fantastic network of libraries, museums,
heritage venues and film clubs.
There is much to celebrate in the many and varied cultural education partnerships that
exist, and the new ones which are being formed. We have also put in place new ways to
help schools access the excellence of our cultural organisations and professionals. In this
document you will find a summary of the range of publicly funded cultural education
opportunities that are already available, and those that have been introduced, inspired by
Darren Henley’s excellent Cultural Education Review 1.
We hope that schools will be excited by these opportunities and use them to offer all
children a cultural education that will engage and inspire them to take part in cultural
activity throughout their lives.
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Ed Vaizey MP
Secretary of State for Education
Minister for Culture, Communications and
Creative Industries
The independent Review of Cultural Education in England was commissioned in 2011 at the request of the Secretary
of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. The review report and the
government’s response are available to download from GOV.UK.
Preface by Darren Henley
Ensuring that children gain an excellent cultural education matters.
The best cultural education can change a young person’s sense of the wider world
around them, opening up possibilities for their future that may have previously seemed
outside of their grasp. What’s more, the study of specific cultural education subjects,
such as art and design, dance, drama, film studies and music has direct educational
benefits for children, enabling young people to gain valuable knowledge and skills that
stay with them for the rest of their lives.
There are additional benefits to our creative and cultural industries and to the wider
economy in creating the workforce of the future in a sector that continues to help to drive
forward the UK’s growth agenda. There are also wider benefits to our society as a whole
in developing an understanding of our common cultural heritage. And let’s not forget,
these subjects are rigorous and require hard work for young people to achieve at the
highest level but they are hugely enjoyable too – and there should be no shame in that.
My review of Cultural Education in England for the Secretary of State for Education, The
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative
Industries, Ed Vaizey MP was published last year. I am grateful to them both for the
unstinting support they have given to me throughout the process and for their thoughtful
response to my recommendations.
The brief that they gave me was wide and I was keen to hear from as many teachers,
cultural and heritage practitioners and bodies involved in all aspects of cultural education,
as I possibly could. Evidence sessions involved individuals and organisations from areas
as diverse as archaeology, architecture and the built environment, archives, craft, dance,
design, digital arts, drama and theatre, film and cinemas, galleries, heritage, libraries,
literature, live performance, museums, music, poetry and the visual arts. As a result of
the passionate advocacy of all those from whom I heard, I became even more firm in my
view that each of these areas has an important part to play in the cultural education of
England’s young people.
In its initial response to my review of cultural education, the government agreed with
many of my recommendations, as it did with my previous review of the funding and
delivery of Music Education in England, which was published two years ago.
Following on from the two reviews, funding has been committed to the new Music
Education Hubs; In Harmony has received increased support; the Music and Dance
Scheme and the Dance and Drama Awards continue to be funded; the new Museums
and Schools Programme, the new Heritage Schools Programme, the new National Youth
Dance Company and the new BFI Film Academy have all been launched; the scale of the
Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Clubs has been increased; work
has begun on the new Cultural Passport; new qualifications are being introduced for arts
practitioners working in education; and the new Cultural Education Partnership Group
means that the National Lottery funding bodies are working together in a new way.
There is still much more to do, but funding from the Department for Education, the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, English Heritage and the
British Film Institute is enabling excellent work to happen nationwide. Cultural
organisations and venues, local authorities, charities, the Creative Industries,
philanthropists and the voluntary sector all continue to play their part in supporting other
highly valuable areas of cultural education. And, of course, most important of all, inspiring
teachers in great schools across the country are continuing to open children’s eyes and
ears to cultural education subjects day-in, day-out, under the leadership of headteachers
who recognise the vital importance of these subjects in the school curriculum.
I warmly welcome the publication of the government’s new Cultural Education document
as a result of one of the recommendations in the second review. I believe it should be
seen as a companion to the government’s National Plan for Music Education, which was
published following the music review in 2011. The existence of these two publications
underlines the significance of all of the subjects within their joint remit and affirms the
importance of the contribution that cultural education subjects can make to developing a
generation of well-rounded and culturally enriched young people.
My second review identified three particular elements that were common throughout the
best examples of cultural education.
The first is knowledge based and teaches children about the best of what has been
created and is currently being created (for example great literature, art, architecture, film,
music and drama). It introduces young people to a broader range of cultural thought and
creativity than they would be likely to encounter in their lives outside of school.
The second element of an excellent cultural education centres on the development of
children’s analytical and critical faculties (which additionally have a direct relevance
across other curriculum subjects outside the scope of my Review). Learning how to think
both creatively and critically and to express their views articulately are important
attributes for any young person. Studying cultural education subjects helps to develop a
child’s personality, abilities and imagination.
The third element is skills based and teaches children how to participate in and to create
new culture for themselves (for example designing a product, drawing, composing music,
directing a play, choreographing a dance piece, or making a short film). These skills
include solo activities, such as reading books, writing stories, drawing pictures, learning
crafts or making music, as well as collaborative work such as singing or acting in an
ensemble that helps children to learn how to join together as a team. Cultural education
activities outside the school environment also enable young people to gain new
perspectives on their studies inside the classroom, through visits to museums, galleries
or heritage sites, or through seeing and hearing performances from professional artists.
England is highly regarded on the international stage for the quality of a great deal of our
cultural education. This is something we should cherish. The government’s Cultural
Education document is both aspirational and pragmatic. I hope that it will prove to be a
useful tool, becoming a living and breathing entity that is refreshed and added to over
time. This will enable it to be useful in helping raise awareness among parents, teachers,
headteachers, governors and educators from the Creative and Cultural Industries about
the ambition and scope of the many programmes and projects that are taking place
across the country. Partnership between a range of different individuals and
organisations remains at the heart of delivering the excellent cultural education that the
next generation deserves. This document serves to highlight some of the most exciting
examples of outstanding cultural education currently taking place and I hope that it will be
a foundation upon which we can all work together to build for the future.
Darren Henley OBE
Managing Director, Classic FM
Our ambitions for world-class cultural education
Cultural opportunities for all pupils
All young people should have the opportunity to access the best cultural activities we can
Nurturing talent and targeting disadvantage
Young people with exceptional talent, irrespective of background, deserve exceptional
programmes to support them. We are ensuring that new and extended programmes in
music, art and design, dance, drama and film are available.
3. A high-quality curriculum and qualifications offer in arts
Our curriculum and qualification reforms will secure high-quality teaching and
qualifications in arts subjects.
Excellent teaching
All young people should experience excellent teaching which helps them develop their
cultural knowledge, understanding and skills.
Celebrating national culture and history
All young people should know about our national icons and understand the key points in
our history that have shaped our national character and culture. We will support specific
programmes to commemorate the events and people that make our nation what it is
6. Creating a lasting network of partnerships to deliver our
ambitions, now and for the future.
We will encourage secure frameworks on which local provision can build and lasting
partnerships can be sustained.
Children in England can lay claim to one of the richest cultural heritages available to any
generation, anywhere. Our aim is to ensure that all of them have the opportunity to
rejoice in it. We will encourage universal access to high-quality cultural education and
demonstrate a stronger commitment to excellence in music, film and the arts. These
commitments will be backed by ВЈ292 million of funding for cultural education activity over
three years to March 2015. This funding sits alongside investment by individual schools,
local authorities and arm’s length bodies, as well as support from other sources.
Our ambitions are stretching. Achieving them will require the prioritisation of existing
budgets and on-going contributions from non-government sources and partnerships.
These partnerships will need to pool resources and expertise to design and provide a
coherent cultural offer, responsive to local need. They will provide the local leadership
necessary to drive improvement and to boost take-up among schools and their pupils.
This requires an organic change, with schools, local authorities, ALBs and cultural
education providers working together to improve the quality of cultural education
available to pupils. Schools should be empowered to use the expertise of professional
cultural practitioners to develop an inspiring curriculum for their pupils to become lifelong
participants in the cultural life of the country. This may be for pleasure and enrichment, or
as contributors to the cultural and creative economy. Equally, we expect cultural
education providers to capitalise on the opportunity to design and adapt their provision to
match the needs and interests of schools and pupils.
The achievements of the best academies, outstanding maintained schools and strongest
independent schools demonstrate the sort of rich cultural education that all schools
should deliver. A system populated by strong schools, led by outstanding, confident
leaders, will deliver the standards of excellence that we aspire to.
This document sets out our ambitions for cultural education in England and summarises
the programmes and opportunities open to schools and teachers.
The Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) commissioned Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, to review first
music and then cultural education. The outcome of his first review was the �National Plan
for Music Education’ (NPME), published in autumn 2011. His review of cultural education
(Cultural Education in England: An independent review by Darren Henley) followed and
was published in February 2012 along with the government’s response.
One of Darren Henley’s key recommendations was that the government should publish a
national plan, setting out a framework of provision on which schools can draw, enabling
the review’s ambitions for cultural education to be realised. There is already significant
mainstream support for cultural education for our children and young people. The school
curriculum features English, history, music, dance, drama and art and design, while
DCMS invests significant amounts of funding into our cultural sectors, which contribute to
supporting the curriculum. Our museums, galleries, arts organisations and libraries offer
engaging and informative education programmes and events, workshops and visits for
children and young people, either as part of their school or with their families. Arm’s
length bodies of DCMS – Arts Council England (ACE), English Heritage (EH), the
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the British Film Institute (BFI) amongst others – invest
their funding (Grant in Aid and National Lottery) in substantial educational activity. They
fund cultural organisations that deliver educational opportunities ranging from the
Imagine Children’s Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, to family-friendly
performances at the Sage in Gateshead, to free educational visits to over 400 historic
sites in England from Roman forts to Tudor castles and Victorian gardens.
Summary of key programmes
A full explanation of our ambitions for cultural education and the range of programmes to
support this are laid out in greater detail in the following sections. Here is a brief summary
of the key initiatives that we are developing with our partners.
Music education hubs
We have committed funding between August 2012 and March 2015 for a network of 123
music education hubs across England. The hubs started work in September 2012 and
the network is managed on DfE’s behalf by ACE.
In Harmony
In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of
children through community-based orchestral music making. It raises the expectations
and improves the life chances of children through high-quality musical education. In
Harmony is jointly funded by DfE and through ACE National Lottery funding.
The Music and Dance Scheme
The internationally renowned Music and Dance Scheme supports exceptionally talented
young musicians and dancers to attend eight specialist institutions or the network of
centres for advanced training where they receive world-class training in their chosen field
alongside a good academic education.
Museums and Schools Programme
DfE is providing funding for a Museums and Schools programme, managed on our behalf
by ACE, which was launched in July 2012. It provides high-quality activities in museums,
linked to the curriculum, for large numbers of pupils across England.
National Youth Dance Company
Jointly with ACE, DfE is funding a new National Youth Dance Company to showcase and
nurture young people's talent and give them opportunities to develop their skills to the
highest levels.
The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday
Along with ACE, DfE is supporting the expansion of The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art
and Design Saturday Clubs to offer talented pupils the opportunity to access additional
high-quality teaching in art and design through Saturday clubs sited in local arts colleges
and universities.
Cultural Passport
DCMS and DfE have co-invested with ACE to develop Cultural Passports which will allow
children and young people to record, share and review their cultural learning and
experiences both in and out of school.
Heritage Schools
We are working with English Heritage on a Heritage Schools programme to ensure that
children can appreciate their local area and recognise its heritage and place in the
national story.
BFI Film Academy
With substantial support from the British Film Institute a new Film Academy is helping to
train the next generation of talented film-makers.
National Youth Music Organisations (NYMOs)
ACE and DfE jointly fund the NYMOs which offer high-quality opportunities for the most
talented young musicians in the country to develop their skills and performance
experience in national ensembles.
Music for Youth (MFY)
MFY delivers a programme of regional and national events throughout the year which
allow young people and families the opportunity to perform in and attend festivals and
The Shakespeare Schools Festival and RSC Shakespeare
Toolkit for Teachers
We are supporting an ambitious plan to give 50,000 children in the UK the chance to
stage a Shakespeare play in a theatre by 2014. The Shakespeare Schools Festival
provides schools with abridged scripts and rehearsal tips as well as finding local theatres
in which to perform. The Royal Shakespeare Company will provide all state-funded
secondary schools with a free copy of its RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.
Poetry By Heart – a National Poetry Recitation Competition
We want to develop enriching and inspiring poetry teaching in schools and encourage
pupils and teachers to access our world-class literary heritage. The competition is
promoting understanding of poetry as a dynamic art form, and enables pupils to develop
self-confidence and greater cultural and creative understanding.
1. Cultural opportunities for all pupils
Cultural experiences and education should not just be for the privileged few. Creative
expression is in our DNA and we want all children to grow up experiencing a rich cultural
life, supported by high-quality and engaging opportunities available in their local area.
Every area of the country can already boast of a wealth of cultural resources. For
example, Cornwall’s vibrant arts offer includes 150 festivals, 300 private galleries, 10
theatre and dance companies, 72 museums and 1,000 village halls regularly used for
cultural activities. In Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes Council invested ВЈ197,000 in a
�Summer of Culture Festival’ which attracted over 160,000 people to a range of arts and
heritage projects, events and festivals between May and September 2012.
Local authorities invested ВЈ820 million in the public library service last year, supporting
the delivery of library offers in literacy and literature, and ACE has established a ВЈ6
million fund specifically for arts-led projects in libraries. Combined with this, local
authorities support a vast range of provision in museums and galleries, arts centres,
archives and public art, making an extensive range of cultural experiences available to
children and young people in their communities.
The role of schools
While these resources are available to all, children have to be introduced to them and
parents need to be made aware of the unique benefits that they can offer. In some areas,
take-up of available opportunities can be poor; and although cultural offerings should, by
nature, be diverse, the quality and fit of provision can often be improved to align better
with the interests, educational needs and differing cultural backgrounds of the local
Schools have an essential role to play in introducing cultural experiences to their
students as part of a broad and rich curriculum. They are able to draw on not just local
provision, but also an exceptional existing national offer for ideas and support. This
national provision is wide-ranging, with cultural organisations, large and small, offering
their own unique portfolios.
It is not the case that time spent engaging with cultural activities is at the expense of the
learning of core subjects. They are not mutually exclusive, and should form a holistic
approach to the development of a rounded education. All schools have a responsibility to
promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of their pupils. In
his review of Cultural Education, Darren Henley proposed a minimum level of Cultural
Education that a child should expect to receive during his or her schooling as a whole
(see Appendix A). While we believe schools are best placed to make decisions about
cultural education provision for their pupils, they may find it helpful to consider these
The curriculum allows schools to integrate cultural education into lessons as the school
sees fit, and schools should ensure they are fully using this existing provision as part of
employing a variety of teaching and learning styles. Academies and Free Schools are
given even greater flexibility to organise their own curriculum to suit the needs of their
pupils, although it remains the case that their curriculum must be broad and balanced
and include English, mathematics, science and religious education.
The Creative and Media Studio School, Kirklees
The Creative and Media Studio School in Kirklees takes learning out of a traditional
classroom setting by teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects
in the school and the surrounding community. The subjects on offer cover Creative Arts
and Media, Fashion and Textiles and Performing Arts. Post-14 and 16 students benefit
from studying business-friendly qualifications in an environment that allows them to apply
what they have learnt in the classroom directly into real-life business situations.
Dixons Music Primary – Bradford, Yorkshire
Dixons Music Primary is the first primary school in the country with a music specialism. It
believes that a firm grounding in music at a young age helps children develop a wide
range of skills including listening, reading and maths, as well as growing confident
learners who have a real passion for music.
In addition to having music embedded throughout the curriculum, the school uses highly
skilled musicians from Learn to Rock who teach pupils in small groups. Children learn
how to handle and play instruments, singing, drama skills and performance techniques.
In reception, children can learn keyboards, hand bells, djembe drums and singing. As
they move further up the school, they will be given choices as to which instruments they
learn, including the electric guitar, saxophone and drums. Children receive expert tuition
in dancing, singing, drama and musical instrument, and take part in two concerts a year.
King's Leadership Academy Woolston – Warrington
As part of the school’s ASPIRE programme, all students are provided with a character
development programme called �The King’s Passport’. Through participation in a diverse
range of experiences every year covering all facets of school life (music, drama and
sport), the local community (charities, community service), and the extended community
(cultural, historic and international visits and residential) the programme aims to ensure
that students become successful, confident and responsible citizens, who are able to
�sell’ themselves at interview for a top university and profession.
All students are being provided with experiences such as:
 A literacy workshop led by John Harris, author of �Geat - the story of Beowulf and
 An international experience where students spent a day with NASA in March 2013 and
have the chance to visit the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, in July 2013.
 A professional career experience such as completing a creative media experience
leading to the production of a professional radio commercial for their open day.
 A visit to a university, including a two-day Cambridge University Residential in July
A part of the programme, students have visited cultural providers such as the Liverpool
Institute of Performing Arts and the World Museum, and attended a production of �A
Christmas Carol’ at St George’s Hall, narrated by Charles Dickens’s great great
grandson. The school also hosts a �World of Work Speakers’ event every fortnight with
guests from different facets of business and enterprise, which has included welcoming an
architectural company to inspire students to become the next generation of architects.
The West London Free School (WLFS) – Hammersmith and Fulham, London
The WLFS is a music specialist school and offers pupils a classical liberal education, with
a mandatory core of traditional academic subjects, complemented by art, music, drama
and sport. The school also prioritises languages and history.
Years 7 and 8 pupils take an interdisciplinary approach to studying a topic such as �The
Ancient World’ or �The Renaissance’. This holistic approach enables pupils to step
outside narrowly defined, subject-based viewpoints and see a topic from many different
All pupils are offered instrumental tuition during the school day from a choice of all
orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, drum and singing, with the school’s aspiration being
that each child passes a grade for each year they learn. There is also a strong focus on
singing activities, with each tutor group spending a day with a specialist singing teacher
at the start of the year to create a class song performance. The school choir, which sings
a mixture of pop, spiritual and classical music, performs at major song concerts, and the
school chamber choir also performs all around London.
The school also works closely with the Lyric Hammersmith whose specialist theatre staff
deliver a drama programme within the curriculum. In addition to performance activities,
there are opportunities to learn more about the technical aspects of theatre, such as
lighting, sound and stage management.
Kingsbridge College South West (Devon)
Kingsbridge College was in the first cohort of Teaching Schools, is the licence holder for
National College leadership programmes in the South West, and is a founder member
and Senior Partner of Challenge Partners, a network of over 200 schools nationwide
formed to provide challenge and support in improving standards. It is an Artsmark Gold
Kingsbridge has striven to create and promote cultural opportunities for its learners, staff
and community with an ethos of sharing good teaching and learning practice. Its Arts
Community Co-ordinator supports all Arts departments and forges links with outside
practitioners and partners. The college works with outside providers such as The
Shakespeare Schools Festival, Totnes School of Rock, The Barbican and the Theatre
Royal in Plymouth, local artists and ceramicists and companies such as Rambert Dance
Company. Its dance, music and media teaching expertise is outsourced to partner
primary and secondary schools.
Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of enrichment activities, which have
included visiting the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum to make a professional
recording, investigating the Slave Trade and its links to Plymouth through a dramatic
reconstruction, and the opportunity for year 9 students to see �Doomed Youth’, a play
about young people in the First World War.
The college also explores the aspects of media education such as digital filming,
photography and editing, and �Abridged’ – its student-edited online media showcase –
has won national awards.
Mulberry School for Girls – Tower Hamlets, London
Mulberry School for Girls is an outstanding Specialist Arts girls’ comprehensive school for
pupils aged 11 to 18. Its aim is to develop �Confidence, Creativity, Leadership and a Love
of Learning’.
There is a rich and vibrant programme of performance work at Mulberry and the school is
currently in residence at the Southbank Centre, delivering an exciting programme of
events. The school has close links with West End and local theatres and arts venues,
and pupils have opportunities to work with artists in residence and perform at public
venues. They hold an annual drama and arts festival at a theatre space of acclaim, such
as the Southwark Playhouse, with �Mulberry Theatre Company’ performing original work
with their resident playwright and theatre directors.
In 2009, after three years of performing original drama at the Edinburgh Festival, in
competition with professionals, the school's team won a 'Fringe First' award for new work.
In 2011/2012 pupils took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, performing �Comedy
of Errors’ at the Unicorn Theatre and Southbank Centre. Other pupils won a radio play
competition and performed at Rich Mix.
Artist-in-residence programmes are an integral and often inspirational part of Mulberry’s
work and the school has many existing links with professional dancers, directors, theatre
companies and musicians. For example, the Mulberry Dance Company has performed
Shobana Jeyasingh's work at the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House. Its media
department has built up considerable expertise in film making and last year students
worked with BBC film-maker Fiona Lloyd Davies to make a film about the Bosnian
genocide, called �Justice in Action’, entailing students travelling to Bosnia and the Hague
to interview survivors and those involved in bringing perpetrators to justice. The film was
�Time Out’ Critic's Choice and it has been shortlisted for the People's Film Festival 2013
in New York.
Mulberry is equipped with ceramics facilities, a photographic darkroom, a fully equipped
dance studio, a songwriting suite and a recording studio. A purpose-built professional
theatre is scheduled for opening in July 2013.
The work is supporting rising standards from 39% 5+ A* - C with English and maths in
2005 to 78% in 2011. In 2012, 89% of students from Mulberry Sixth Form went to
Working alongside the national offer
To enhance the local and national cultural provision available to schools, and to help
achieve a greater level of opportunity for young people, the government is supporting
programmes designed to strengthen access to and take-up of provision.
These programmes complement the significant existing opportunities already funded
from other public, philanthropic and private sources. Some of these existing opportunities
are described as case-studies in this document to provide a fuller picture of the cultural
education landscape as one which is rich in opportunity.
Free education visits
Through its programme of free visits for 370,000 children per year, English Heritage
inspires the next generation to care about the places where history was made. School
children and teachers have free access to over 400 awe-inspiring places. They can
experience life in a medieval king’s court or immerse themselves in the drama of the
Dunkirk evacuation at Dover Castle; re-live 1066 at Battle Abbey where the most
memorable date in English history is brought to life; imagine life on a Roman frontier at
Housesteads, England’s most complete Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall; follow in the
footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle; or speculate on the true meaning of
one of the world’s most iconic heritage sites at Stonehenge.
For all of these and most other sites in the care of English Heritage, teachers can
download resources and activities to help plan their visit. Resources give an overview of
the property but also provide themes for cross-curricular exploration.
The next few pages describe some of the core activities funded by government which are
designed to strengthen the national offer.
Programmes receiving support from DfE
The Shakespeare Schools Festival and RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for
2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of our greatest playwright and poet and
2016 will see the 400th anniversary of his death. To celebrate these important
anniversaries, DfE is supporting an ambitious plan to give 50,000 children in the UK the
chance to stage a Shakespeare play in a theatre by 2014.
The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), whose patrons include Dame Judi Dench,
Kevin Spacey and Jenny Agutter, is receiving ВЈ140,000 towards this aim. This grant is
part of a larger fund-raising exercise the SSF is undertaking under the name of
�Shakespeare Generation’ as it moves to almost triple the number of schools it works
with; rising from 600 (primary and secondary schools) in England (700 across the UK) in
2012 to 1,350 (1,500 across UK) by 2014. This would enable the festival to engage with
43,000 pupils in England to perform Shakespeare plays of their choice in over 160
theatres in England (50,000 pupils and 240 theatres in the UK).
Furthermore, funding from DfE will enable the SSF to provide schools with abridged
scripts and rehearsal tips as well as finding local theatres in which to perform. It will also
support workshops for teachers from the SSF’s partner, the Central School of Speech
and Drama, on directorial approaches and stage craft.
In addition to creative work with the SSF, DfE is promoting the study of Shakespeare’s
works. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has received ВЈ135,000 to provide all
state-funded secondary schools with a free copy of its RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for
Teachers. The Toolkit for Teachers gives teachers over 60 hours of teaching resources
on three of Shakespeare’s most studied play texts: �Macbeth’, �Romeo and Juliet’ and �A
Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Poetry By Heart – a National Poetry Recitation Competition
We want to develop enriching and inspiring poetry teaching in schools and encourage
pupils and teachers to access our world-class literary heritage. All pupils should have the
opportunity to learn and enjoy poetry in schools and Poetry By Heart supports this aim.
The competition supports improvements in pupils’ access to poetry through recitation and
remembering. It promotes their understanding of poetry as a dynamic art form and
enables them to develop self-confidence and greater cultural and creative awareness.
Hundreds of schools and colleges across England took part in the first Poetry By Heart
competition in 2013 which focused on pupils in years 10 to 13. The pupils, aged 14 to 18,
chose poems from an online anthology of 130 classic and contemporary poems specially
selected for the competition. These included �Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold,
�Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Shakespeare’s clown song from �Twelfth
Night’ – �When that I was and a little tiny boy’.
The competition also gave teachers the opportunity to improve their teaching of poetry
and learn a new method of promoting the skills of memorisation and performance,
Workshops on teaching and learning in relation to poetry were held for teachers in nine
regions where educators worked with poets.
Poetry By Heart offered pupils an opportunity to extend and enrich their knowledge of
poetry and participants had to recite two poems from the specially selected anthology;
one before and one after 1914. The poems were of varying lengths and offered an
appropriate diversity of voice and representation, covering both the local and the global
heritage of poetry in English.
School and college competition winners participated in county finals in towns and cities
from Cornwall to Cumbria and 41 county winners attended the regional and national
finals at the National Portrait Gallery in London in April.
The winners of seven regional semi-finals, and the best placed runner-up, competed for
the title of Poetry By Heart National Champion 2013. It was won by 18-year-old Kaiti
Soultana from Bilborough College, Nottingham. Kaiti recited an extract from �Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight’ in the original 14th century alliterative English and Elizabeth
Bishop’s �The Fish’. Judges from the worlds of poetry, education and the media, led by
former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, were unanimous in declaring Kaiti the winner
and described her performance as “simply extraordinary.”
Preparations are now under way for the 2013/14 competition. We expect Poetry By Heart
to continue to be an inspirational way for pupils to extend their reading and memorise
beautiful and intriguing poems that will enrich their lives forever.
For more information about the competition, go to www.poetrybyheart.org.uk
Music education hubs
DfE has committed more than ВЈ171 million of funding between August 2012 and March
2015 to a network of 123 music education hubs across England. The hubs started work
in September 2012, managed on our behalf by Arts Council England (ACE).
The hubs are partnerships between the local authority, local music education providers
and schools. Their role is to improve access to music for all pupils – especially those from
disadvantaged backgrounds – and to augment and broaden the range of music activities
on offer.
Their remit is laid out in the �National Plan for Music Education’, published in November
2011. Hubs must ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to sing and to
learn a musical instrument, as well as to perform as part of an ensemble or choir. Part of
their role is to audit the needs of the local area and co-ordinate a wide range of
partnerships, including schools, to support young people to take their talent further, either
in local ensembles or through partnerships with nationally funded music organisations
and music education institutions. They have a relationship with all local schools,
identifying both the needs of schools and what a schools might offer to the wider hub
Hubs are already delivering innovative new projects across the country. In Coventry, the
hub is working with Armonico Consort who are setting up four area choirs in the city. In
Warwickshire, the hub is working with Hybrid Arts to work with �Not in Education
Employment or Training’ (NEET) and excluded young people on music technology and
music/media projects, as a bridge to college courses. The Royal Opera House is
delivering a singing CPD programme for music teachers across Barking and Dagenham,
Havering, Essex, Thurrock and Southend.
There are examples of local authorities working together, creating larger regional
groupings. The Greater Manchester music hub, for example, brings together the Music
services of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and
Wigan and involves the HallГ© Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music as
partners. The music education hubs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark
have formed the South Riverside Music Partnership and through an Memorandum of
Understanding with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (TL) and the
London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) the partnership is developing joint activities, such
as high level ensembles and the Animate Orchestra - �a young people’s orchestra for the
21st century’.
Information about the Hubs is available from the ACE website: www.artscouncil.org.uk
(search for “Music education hubs”).
Birmingham Music Education Partnership
Birmingham Music Education Partnership (MEP) is a strong network of music
organisations, led by the music service which is now part of an independent education
trust, Services for Education. Other partners are all Arts Council NPOs: City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
and Performances Birmingham (Town Hall Symphony Hall and Birmingham Jazz). The
aspiration of Birmingham MEP is to support the musical development of pupils in all the
400-plus schools in the city. There are already strong links and good communication with
the majority of these schools through the Birmingham Music Service which supports over
90% of the schools.
In addition to the core roles of music education hubs, Birmingham Music Education
Partnership will work to offer to all year 7 pupils in the city, whether at an LA school,
academy or private school, the entitlement to attend at least one concert given by
professional musicians in the world-famous Symphony Hall. Schools are only required to
fund transport costs. The first special series of CBSO concerts for year 7 pupils were held
in January 2013. A representative group of school music teachers has been offering
advice on repertoire, and headteachers have been kept informed through presentations
to secondary forums and personal contacts from members of the Partnership.
Another strong cultural offer to schools, the Birmingham MEP vocal strategy involves
every primary school in the city in Ex Cathedra’s flagship Singing Playgrounds
programme. Working through the 16 primary school consortia, the programme provides
training and resources for teachers.
Children throughout the school are encouraged to share, create and adapt singing
games, and a selected group is equipped with leadership skills as “Song Leaders” to lead
other children.
Northamptonshire Music Education Hub
Northamptonshire Music Education Hub will deliver the promises of the National Plan for
Music Education for the children, young people and communities of Northamptonshire.
The former Local Authority Music Service and Northamptonshire Music and Performing
Arts Trust (NMPAT) will lead a consortium of partner organisations to be an advocate for
music education, encourage participation in music making and provide innovations locally
to increase participation and attainment.
NMPAT works with partners to ensure the highest quality and penetration of its provision.
It delivers teaching on a range of instruments to nearly every maintained school in the
county (286 out of 289 schools with key stage 2 children and above for 2012-13). All 27
infant schools are also visited as part of a recital programme. It has worked with partners
to broaden the range of its activity, moving into working with young people in harder to
reach settings, such as hospital schools, pupil referral units and youth clubs.
It also has links with local and ACE-funded National Portfolio Organisations, including
Royal and Derngate, Corby Cube, Wellingborough Castle and the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, delivering a range of targeted projects in areas of particular need. Continuing
to identify new opportunities and grow and nurture existing partnerships are central to
NMPAT’s plans for developing the hub in order to provide high-quality musical
opportunities for schools and children and young people living in Northamptonshire.
National Youth Music Organisations (NYMOs)
Eight National Youth Music Organisations (NYMOs) are currently funded by ACE and
DfE to deliver high-quality opportunities for the most talented young musicians in the
country to play in national ensembles. Students are encouraged to stretch and develop
their performance skills across a range of musical genres. The organisations currently
funded are: National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain,
National Youth Choirs, National Youth Jazz Collective, National Youth Orchestra, South
Asian Music Youth Orchestra and Youth Music Theatre UK.
NYMOs are committed to providing equal access and equality of opportunity to young
people, recruiting students from more disadvantaged backgrounds, and providing funds
to help those students attend workshops, rehearsals and performances.
National Youth Orchestra
The National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1948 and is an orchestra of 165 young
musicians from the across the UK. The members of the orchestra are all 13 to 19 years
old. The players are selected in auditions which take place every autumn each year at
various locations in the country. The minimum standard needed to audition is ABRSM /
Trinity Guildhall / London College of Music Grade 8 Distinction – though it is not
necessary to have taken any examinations.
The orchestra meets three times a year during school holidays for two-week residential
courses, coached by tutors. Its repertoire includes a wide variety of works by romantic,
20th century and contemporary composers. In addition to the main orchestral activity
members have time to participate in a range of activities including chamber music and
workshops. The NYO gives its young musicians the opportunity to perform music from
the core repertoire in professional concert conditions, venues and on tours.
Funding for the NYMOs comes from DfE and ACE and is disseminated to the NYMOs via
ACE which is responsible for managing the relationships, development and funding.
Music for Youth
Music for Youth (MFY) also receives funding from DfE and ACE under the NYMOs
banner. DfE funding is used specifically to provide opportunities for young people who
might not otherwise perform in public or attend concerts. MFY delivers a programme of
regional and national events throughout the year, engaging young people and families,
including those from challenging circumstances, in the opportunity to perform in and
attend festivals and concerts.
The MFY Festivals support young people from all backgrounds to engage in musicmaking and access new musical opportunities. The School Proms, at the Royal Albert
Hall, are the highlight of the performance year for thousands of young people and
schools. The Festivals and Proms provide opportunities for pupils to be inspired by, and
collaborate with, others.
DfE has funded MFY since 1998, contributing around 10% of the costs of running an
annual series of Festival events in recent years. As a result, children and young people
have been able to attend and participate in performances at prestigious venues. Funding
from DfE enables schools to take pupils to events for the first time and assist those who
are unable to meet the costs of taking part.
Museums and Schools Programme
Many museums and galleries have their own education programmes designed to support
schools’ curriculums. ACE directly funds major education provision through investment in
major partner museums. In addition, and to increase the number of young people
accessing museums, the Museums and Schools Programme has been introduced to
increase the number of school visits to museums and help to bring those visits to life. Up
to March 2015, DfE funding of ВЈ3.6 million is supporting 10 regional museum services in
partnership with National Museums, Bridge organisations (see page 57) and schools in
places of greatest need across England where engagement between schools and culture
has been low.
This scheme is engaging more schools to work in partnership with museums and is
expected to lead to a significant increase in equality of access. Bespoke activity plans
have been agreed for each location and are under way with pupils and teachers
contributing to the design of the programme in each location. Arts Award and Artsmark
are also included as targets and links have been made with the developing Cultural
Passport and cultural education activities. Early reports show that over 4,000 visits had
been made through the scheme by January 2013.
Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “I am excited to
see how the activities that the Museums and Schools programme will invest in can help
inspire a generation to actively seek out the opportunities that museums can provide to
support their education, both now and in the future.”
Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, said: “By opening the doors to rich cultural experiences, we
are providing, what may be for many, the beginnings of a life-long enjoyment and
appreciation of the arts.”
The 10 museum partnerships are:
Brunel’s SS Great Britain with the Science Museum.
Maidstone Museum with the British Museum.
The Jewish Museum and Valence House with the Imperial War Museum.
Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life with Royal Museums Greenwich.
Peterborough Museum with the Natural History Museum.
Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery with the
Aviation Heritage Partnership, Lincolnshire (a partnership of 11 aviation
attractions) with the Royal Air Force Museum.
Blackburn Museum and Art gallery and Lancashire Museums with Sir John
Soane’s Museum and the V&A.
A consortium of Tees Valley Museums: Redcar and Cleveland Museums, Preston
Hall Museum, Museum of Hartlepool and Art Gallery, Middlesbrough Museums,
Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum and Cleveland Ironstone Mining
Museum with the National Portrait Gallery.
Barnsley Museums and Galleries with the Wallace Collection.
SS Great Britain Trust and the Science Museum
SS Great Britain Trust has partnered with the Science Museum in London and is working
with the Real Ideas Organisation (the Bridge organisation in the South West) as part of
the Museums and Schools Programme in Bristol. Partners have developed a programme
of activity that will engage pupils with the ship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
and its collections. The programme will work specifically with key stages 2 and 3,
supporting pupils during the period of transition between primary and secondary schools.
It aims to see 8,100 pupils make three visits to the ship before the end of March 2015.
The programme includes walking workshops with �Mr Brunel’, following his appearance at
the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. He takes pupils on an inspection of
the ship at the time of her launch to help him carry out final checks on his masterpiece.
Partners are also developing a series of self-directed activities for pupils and teachers in
as part of the programme. These activities will be more challenge-based for key stage 3,
challenging pupils to make stronger meanings and connections with the collection and
Transition events during the summer months will provide opportunities for pupils to
continue learning through the holiday period with their families. Activities such as the
successful �Could it be Magic?’ show will encourage audience participation and develop
problem-solving skills.
The development of an online game will also encourage students to follow up their visits
with a virtual one. Players will be able to unlock levels and codes to discover more
information and enable the museum to monitor successfully numbers of repeat visits.
Already, a short time into delivery of the project, the partnership is well established and
the sharing of expertise between all has been of great value.
Library cards for school pupils
DfE, DCMS and ACE are testing schemes to enable automatic library membership for
children and young people. PiIot projects are being run in 22 local authorities with the aim
of increasing the use of local libraries, and stimulating more reading for pleasure.
Through these projects children and young people will be encouraged to use their
libraries now and in the future, and develop a real love for learning and a natural curiosity
in the world around them.
Book-gifting is one approach DfE is supporting to promote proficient, prolific reading by
all children. Since 2004 DfE has grant-funded Booktrust to deliver book-gifting
programmes for babies, toddlers and children to improve literacy and promote a love of
reading. The scheme provides quality books from respected authors and illustrators, with
a title selection process that draws upon the judgement of independent experts in the
field of children’s literacy and literature. There are titles suitable for children with
additional needs and accessible supporting materials are provided for parents so that
they can share books, rhymes and stories with their children in the home.
In 2010-11, the funding enabled Booktrust to deliver gifts of books to all children in five
age cohorts (9 to 12 months, around 24 months, 3-4 years, reception year and year 7).
Additionally, since April 2012, all schools with year 7 pupils have been offered a pack of
books for their library; and at 375 schools with a large gap in outcomes between their
disadvantaged and other pupils, year 7 pupils were offered an individual book gift.
DfE has awarded Booktrust a new grant of ВЈ12 million to March 2015 to continue bookgifting programmes for babies, toddlers and children, and to deliver a new programme
that will target the most disadvantaged two-year-olds.
Cultural Passport
The �Cultural Passport’ is being designed as an online service for children and young
people between the ages of 5 and 25. Cultural activities in and out of school can be
recorded using the Passport and then shared with others. Young people will be able to
review and compare activities with their peers and find inspiration for new activities in the
process. The scheme will also encourage links between in and out of school cultural
activities and encourage parents to engage with their child’s cultural participation.
Developed by ACE and Trinity College London, the Cultural Passport will embrace
specific schemes such as the Summer Reading Challenge, as well as participation in
programmes organised through the music education hubs. It will also be linked to the
Arts Award framework. The Passport is being tested with 300 young people in 20 schools
during the 2013 summer term, before a national rollout from September 2013. DfE is
supporting this project with funding of ВЈ240,000 over three years, in additional to a
ВЈ240,000 contribution from ACE.
Examples from the national offer
CBSO Stay Tuned programme in partnership with Deutsche Bank, Birmingham
The City of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO’s) Deutsche Bank Schools
Partnership is funding 12 secondary schools in Birmingham and a schools concert held
at Symphony Hall. The schools have been selected by the CBSO, one of the Arts
Council’s funded organisations, and the Birmingham Music Service to address music
provision needs across the city. This takes into account the levels of deprivation and the
lack of opportunities for young people in the areas, and the schools’ interest in providing
greater music opportunities. The programme has been made possible through a funding
partnership with Deutsche Bank.
Each school receives:
 Two interactive small ensemble performances by CBSO ensembles, performed in
each school for the whole school (for example, string quartet, brass quintet etc).
 Player residencies, with two players visiting on four separate occasions. On each
occasion delivering two workshops with 30 students in each. Some schools have
chosen song writing or composition workshops whereas others are developing music
playing skills. At the end of the residencies the players support the young people
sharing work created with their peers and families.
 Each student taking part in the residencies also experiences two live orchestral
concerts at Symphony Hall. One of these was the schools concert which was held in
January 2013.
The programme is allowing the CBSO to look at new ways of working with schools and
has been timely for many of the schools who have been looking at how to address the
balance of the curriculum and provide their students with broad cultural experiences.
Three out of the 12 schools have not had a music teacher or music curriculum delivery
for over three years.
Rosie Martin, Head of Art at Kings Heath Boys Mathematics and Computing College,
said: “It was interesting to hear historical facts about the instruments… [Brass Explosion’s
concert has] given [the pupils] a new and valuable experience. Broadening their cultural
range – inspiring and interesting… thank you.”
The Roundhouse – London
The Roundhouse began life in 1846 as a steam-engine repair shed, and is now home to
a year-round schedule of creative projects for 11 to 25 year-olds in 24 state-of-the-art
studios, where facilities include TV, radio and music production, media suites and
rehearsal rooms for music and performance. The Roundhouse is a charity supported
through ACE funding. It also generates income from private/corporate hire and from
generous individuals, trusts, corporate sponsors and public funders, who help raise the
ВЈ3 million they need each year to support their work with young people. Making short
films, creating a show for the Glastonbury festival, producing a radio show, or learning
street circus acrobatics are just a few of the creative projects typically available to young
people who want to work in the music, media and performing arts industries.
The Young Vic Schools and Colleges Project – Lambeth and Southwark, London
The Young Vic, supported by ACE, involves local young people in all aspects of their
work; both in the audience and on the stage. The Schools and Colleges Project enables
a diverse group of young people to experience all aspects of theatre-making and theatregoing, opening up the theatre and ensuring that the next generation are welcomed as
both practitioners and audience.
The Young Vic collaborates with local schools to enhance the students’ experience of
theatre, providing them with direct access to practitioners and expanding their creative
palette. Working with schools and colleges in their neighbouring boroughs of Lambeth
and Southwark, they offer the following:
 funded tickets for all productions, often for young first-time theatre goers;
 in-school workshops with the assistant director exploring a particular aspect of the
creative process;
 onstage workshops which provide the rare opportunity to experience how a piece of
theatre is put together. By shadowing the team they get to really engage with the nuts,
bolts, sights and smells backstage in an auditorium;
 schools’ theatre festivals are produced with a full creative team with the same high
production values that we place on our professional work; and
 specialist projects for young people with special education needs and at pupil referral
Participation in these projects enables young people to have a real insight into the
creative process at a producing theatre. Alongside the development of soft skills, such as
speaking and listening, team work and improved self-esteem, the Young Vic is able to
provide the experience in a professional environment which raises the aspirations of
young people. Teachers and students are encouraged to see theatre as a means of
people unlocking their potential and becoming themselves. Many of the school students
continue to take part in Young Vic programmes, and some become their most promising
emerging theatre-makers.
Ultimately, the offer they make to schools is in their capacity as experts in their field,
inspiring creative confidence and passing on skills, knowledge and motivation that
teachers and students can take back to the classroom.
The Spark Festival Children’s Art Festival – Leicester
The Spark Festival, supported by ACE, aims to inspire, empower and educate children
aged up to 13 years as audiences, learners and creators of their own art. The �At Your
School’ programme brings exceptional live performances into local schools via a host of
national and international artists, supporting and enhancing the national curriculum from
early years to key stage 3, with online resources available to teachers.
Through performances and workshops the programme encourages children to explore
their own identity, creating a rich sense of themselves and the community around them.
Children also explore social conflict and moral dilemma, with participants encouraged to
see themselves as active agents of change. Children are also encouraged to learn how
to empathise with others and make decisions.
As the work is taken into the school or nursery setting it enables increased access for
children who otherwise may not attend arts events due to social, cultural or economic
barriers. In 2012, 3,500 children experienced live performances in their school hall. A
total of 46 performances and workshops took place in 18 schools, children’s centres and
“I have been fortunate enough to access Spark events for children. The quality is good,
the experiences vital to encourage a cultural dimension to education/learning.” –
Participating teacher in 2011, quoted in De Montfort University research report.
The Spark also develops relationships with the commercial sector through its Adopt a
School scheme which is designed to encourage partnerships between local businesses
and schools in the city by helping to subsidise theatre trips, enabling children to
experience the best national and international arts events on offer during The Spark
Outside the festival, The Spark works in partnership with local organisations and
agencies to improve the quality of the cultural and education offer for children in the city.
They lead the Leicester Early Arts Partnership, brokering opportunities for schools to
engage with Arts Award and Artsmark through their relationship with The Mighty
Creatives (Bridge East Midlands) and providing (through the festival) a context for
commissioning new work for children.
2. Nurturing talent and targeting disadvantage
We recognise the importance of showcasing and nurturing young people's talent. Pupils
with exceptional talent should have the opportunity, irrespective of background, to
develop their skills to the highest levels.
We are working with arm’s length bodies and world-class cultural organisations to deliver
a range of new programmes designed to support this. These programmes will improve
access for all children and young people to high-quality cultural education and develop
the potential of the most talented to achieve excellence.
A new National Youth Dance Company
Darren Henley recognised that despite the magnificent talent in this country in both
contemporary and classical dance, there was no centrally funded National Youth Dance
Company. He recommended the formation of a new, permanent, youth dance company
to offer talented young people from all backgrounds the chance to develop the high-level
performance skills needed for a professional career in dance.
Working with ACE, a new National Youth Dance Company has been set up, managed by
Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd. Each year, it will provide 30 talented performers aged 16-19
with intensive training and performance opportunities, led by world-leading
choreographers. The first cohort of dancers has been recruited and, following a
residential in April 2013, the company’s first performance at Sadler’s Wells took place on
8th June.
All of the dancers will be supported to gain their gold Arts Award. DfE and ACE are each
providing ВЈ200,000 annually, giving total funding of ВЈ1.2 million up to 2014-15. To find
out more visit:
Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive, and former Chair of
Dance UK, says: “I am thrilled that Sadler’s Wells has been selected to form the new
National Youth Dance Company. This is an important step in putting dance on an equal
footing with other art forms in education terms, and in supporting future generations of
“Nurturing dance and choreographic talent at key stages is a prime focus at Sadler’s
Wells. Through NYDC we will offer a bespoke, holistic programme supporting the
physical, artistic and personal development of talented young dancers at a critical age of
16 to 19 years, over a three-year period. Our relationship with world-class artists and
companies offers the young NYDC dancers exposure to an extremely rich and diverse
spectrum of artistic experience, alongside access to world-class facilities, expertise
across in-house resources, our partnerships within the dance sector, and extensive
experience of delivering projects for young people, of the highest quality.”
Sorrell Foundation’s National Saturday Art and Design Clubs
DfE is providing funding of ВЈ395,000, with a further ВЈ90,000 from ACE, to support the
expansion of The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Clubs. These
clubs give young people aged 14 to 16 the unique opportunity to study art and design
every Saturday morning at their local art and design college or university, for free.
In addition to 30 weeks of inspiring classes in areas ranging from drawing and sculpture
to printmaking and stop-frame animation, club members visit London's best museums
and galleries and exhibit work in their own summer show at Somerset House. They will
have the opportunity to attend an inspirational masterclass with one of the UK's foremost
artists or designers. Masterclass leaders have included Thomas Heatherwick, Peter
Randall-Page, Daljit Singh and Betty Jackson.
There are 100 colleges and universities with art and design courses that could run
Saturday Clubs. Clubs have run in 26 locations around the UK in the 2012 to 2013
academic year, reaching 900 young people from over 200 schools; it will now scale up
over the next three years to provide opportunities and offer inspiration for many more
young people.
More information is available at http://thesorrellfoundation.com/saturday-club.php
National Art & Design Saturday Clubs
By targeting young people who would not have access to paid extra-curricular cultural
activities, the Saturday Club provides routes into education and employment in the
creative industries for young people from a range of backgrounds.
Saturday Clubs are designed to supplement Art and Design, and Design and Technology
teaching offered within the curriculum. They provide 100 hours of additional tuition and
are proving especially supportive for young people opting to focus on traditional core
subjects at key stage 4.
The Saturday Club is developing cultural partnerships as it grows: 11 museums and
galleries supported the London Visit in November 2012, and last year both the Tate and
the V&A became associates. They are developing more regional cultural partnerships,
and are hosting special events and CPD for tutors and teachers with existing partners.
Many club members had never visited a museum or gallery before so the London Visit
provides an additional opportunity for young people to gain cultural awareness. Club
members are also encouraged to work towards their Bronze or Silver Arts Award. Four
colleges are already Arts Award centres.
British Film Institute Film Academy
Film can transform the way in which children and young people understand the world and
can help them to look at the world through a different lens. There are already more than
7,000 film clubs in English schools. Through the BFI Southbank and in regional cultural
cinemas and film archives all across the country, young people can explore the world of
contemporary world cinema, as well as local film and moving image heritage.
In a unique partnership with the BFI, DfE is investing ВЈ3 million over three years to
develop the innovative BFI Film Academy specifically for 16 to 19 year-olds. Its aim is to
give a diverse group of young people from all backgrounds the ability to be part of the
film industry by providing them with opportunities to develop new skills and build their
careers. This work extends the BFI's existing Education Scheme for 5 to 19 year-olds
and will be the first fully integrated, nationally co-ordinated, programme of developing
young film talent ever established in the UK.
From January 2013, 24 of BFI’s regional partners – which include a diverse range of film
and media training organisations, university and delivery experts in the cultural and
education sector – have brought rich learning experiences to over 400 16- to 19-yearolds across England. The partners have delivered stimulating and exciting three-month
courses, each providing a full overview of all film aspects: practical and theoretical;
cultural and commercial. In addition, participants were given the chance to meet and hear
insights from leading industry practitioners including writers, directors, producers, film
critics, technical experts, craftspeople and studio executives and were given invaluable
advice on how to develop their careers and the different types of jobs and paths they
could pursue.
BFI Film Academy regional partners 2012 to 2013
East Midlands
University of Hertfordshire
School of Creative Arts
Culture Works Foundation
City Screen Cambridge
Broadway Media Centre
CfBT Education Trust
Eastside Educational Trust
Met Film School
Revolver Entertainment
The Film And Video Workshop
Young Film Academy
North East
North West
South East
Arpeggio Films
Tyneside Cinema
Cornerhouse (Greater
Screen South
Resource Productions
Film Oxford
South West
Yorkshire and Humber
West Midlands
The Watershed Arts Trust
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Somerset Film and Video Ltd
The Sheffield Media &
Exhibition Centre
Reel Solutions
Thomas Adams School
In March 2013, 54 of the most talented and committed young people from the regional
programme attended a residential experience at the world-class National Film and
Television School, to develop their skills and signpost further education and training
opportunities, and future employment within the film industry. Participants on this course
each choose a specialism, such as directing, producing, editing, cinematography or
sound recording, and form teams that are tutored by film industry experts to make short
films using the school’s film studios and world-class teaching facilities.
After completing their BFI Film Academy courses, young people will progress to a range
of opportunities, including apprenticeships and employment in the film sector and further
learning through higher education. The BFI Film Academy is also being run in partnership
with BAFTA, Creative Skillset and Pinewood Studios.
Further information on the academy can be found at www.bfi.org.uk/bfi-film-academy
while information on the BFI's broader education programme can be found
at www.bfi.org.uk/education-research
Music and Dance Scheme (MDS)
The internationally renowned Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) provides support for
exceptionally talented young musicians aged 8 to 19 and dancers aged 11 to 19,
alongside a rigorous academic education. DfE is providing ВЈ28.1 million for 2013-14 to
enable 2,300 pupils to benefit from this inspirational programme this year. The MDS was
introduced during the early 1970s and since then has enabled thousands of exceptionally
talented children and young people to benefit from the world-class training available
through either the eight specialist institutions or the network of centres for advanced
training (CATs). Under the scheme, any child offered a place at one of these schools or
CATs is eligible for a means-tested DfE grant. The scheme also supports around 100
choristers aged 8 to 13 from low-income families each year in their choral training and
academic education at any of the 36 independent cathedral or collegiate choir schools
available, helping to maintain Britain’s renowned choral heritage.
MDS music pupils have regularly been finalists and winners in major competitions, such
as the BBC Young Musician of the Year and composition competitions (including film
scores). For example, Peter Moore, a 12-year-old trombonist on the MDS scheme, was
the youngest ever winner of the 2008 Young Musician competition and both runners up in
the 2012 competition, Charlotte Barbour-Condini (recorder) and Yuanfan Yang (piano)
are MDS students. Royal Ballet School MDS students regularly win major competitions
such as Young British Dancer of the Year and the Lausanne International Ballet
Competition in Switzerland.
Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA)
The Dance and Drama Awards are scholarships offering income assessed support for
tuition fees and living costs at 20 leading private dance and drama schools in
England. Awards are given to the most talented students, who must be aged 16 or over
to apply for a dance award and aged 18 or over to apply for an acting course, who are
judged at audition to have the most potential to succeed in the profession. The amount of
support they are eligible to receive is assessed by the school, using nationally agreed
criteria and income thresholds, based on their household income. The total DaDA budget
is just over ВЈ14 million with DfE providing nearly ВЈ7 million and the Department for
Business Innovation and Skills around ВЈ8 million in 2013 to 2014. About 500 new
awards are made each year and (including existing learners) a total of around 1,500
awards are in place at any one time.
In Harmony
In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of
children through community-based orchestral music-making, using the principles of
Venezuela’s El Sistema. It raises the expectations and improves the life chances of
children through high-quality musical education.
In Harmony projects seek to engage all children in a school or community, and are open
to all. They involve children playing instruments and learning together several times a
week from an early age. The children are encouraged to express themselves through
music and this is balanced by a rigorous approach so that progression is embedded from
the start of the project.
The projects are mutually supportive and generous in sharing learning, experience and
expertise. They seek to develop models that can be replicable, sustainable and
adaptable in different social contexts. The government’s �National Plan for Music
Education’ said: “it has provided an intensive music experience for around 1,000 children
in some of the most deprived wards in the country”. In Harmony is jointly funded by DfE
and the National Lottery through ACE.
DfE and ACE are continuing to fund two of the original projects, in Lambeth and Liverpool
for three years from 2012 to 2015. In May 2012 an expansion of the scheme was agreed
for four additional projects from September 2012 to March 2015, again, jointly funded by
DfE and ACE. Following an application process, ACE announced the following additional
North Music Trust: The focus of the project is on Hawthorn primary school and
Ashfield Nursery, which have 54% of pupils eligible for free school meals
(FSM). Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, will be central to this
project. There will be ensemble opportunities and plans to develop a philanthropic
model with an income generation proposal.
Opera North: Opera North will work with Windmill Primary school in Belle Isle,
South Leeds, where 60% of pupils are eligible for FSM. Years 1-6 will play in the
Harmony Leeds Orchestra, and links are being forged with the local Academy and
Leeds University.
Nottingham City Council: Nottingham Music Service and Sinfonia Viva are
working with four primary schools in the 20th most deprived district in the country,
and aim to tackle the lack of progression through grades. There will be links to
local area bands, and the project will have sponsorship from several local
Telford and Wrekin: The music hubs of Telford and Stoke and Staffordshire are
working with Manchester Camerata and the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra (CBSO). The project is focusing on two schools: Old Park Primary
School and Heron Cross Primary Schools both of which are in deprived wards.
Each project is delivered primarily to children in areas of exceptional deprivation. In
Harmony projects are also expected to work in partnership with a professional orchestra,
to take part in a national evaluation, and to secure their own long-term sustainability by
exploring independent income generation opportunities.
In Harmony is managed by ACE, and jointly funded – to a total of £1.5 million from
September 2012 to March 2015 – by DfE and ACE. ACE is also giving an additional
ВЈ75,000 to provide a musical instrument for each child.
In Harmony case study
In Harmony Nottingham is a partnership between Nottingham City Music Service, which
is the lead partner in the Nottingham Music Education Hub, Sinfonia Viva, four primary
schools and University of Nottingham Music Department.
Core activity is taking place in and around four schools in Nottingham where the
proportion of children on free school meals ranges from 31% to 47%. Schools have been
chosen due to their geographic spread across the city and a track record of positive
engagement with Nottingham Music Education Hub.
Delivery started in January 2013 through a combination of staff from Nottingham City
Music Service and Sinfonia Viva musicians. Student mentors from the university are
supporting activity, benefiting both the young participants and their own professional
Activity includes: curriculum time music provision for all years; ensemble experiences and
area bands; peer-to-peer learning; community provision (including family group tuition,
and informal performances by Sinfonia Viva); inspirational performance events (at least
termly); joint projects between schools; holiday courses; and CPD for teachers.
The partnership with Sinfonia Viva will mean that children are involved in a programme
with regular opportunities to play with, and learn from, professional musicians performing
with them and listening to the professional ensembles performing in their own
communities. The immersion of the whole school in the In Harmony programme is
enabled only by a firm commitment from the headteacher, all staff, parents/carers and
the children themselves.
The inclusion of Nottingham University students in the programme as mentors is a new
way of working for Nottingham Music Education Hub. The students will be key role
models and enhance aspirations of participating children and, in turn, will experience
exciting learning and development opportunities.
In addition, this partnership will improve the sustainability of the programme by piloting
the use of volunteer mentors to support the activity as well as integrating the programme
into the work of the widening participation team at the university.
Examples from the national offer
Ministry of Stories – London
Based in east London, Ministry of Stories (MoS), an Arts Council funded organisation,
has a shop front known as �Hoxton Street Monster Supplies’, which provides bespoke
products catering for the daily needs of every imaginable monster. Behind a door lies the
main centre, a space where young people aged 8 to 18 can benefit from workshops,
drop-in sessions and one-to-one mentoring with writers, artists, local people and teachers
– all of whom offer their time, skills and talent for free. The volunteers support children
and young people to engage with the craft of writing. As an example, in October 2011
MoS launched �The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping’, written by 150 local
primary school children, with help from five talented poets and five leading children's
book illustrators. It was a four-volume anthology with sections on Fashion and Grooming,
the Alphabet, Food and Recipes, and Home and Recreation.
During 2012 to 2013, MoS aimed to reach over 2,000 primary and secondary school
children, reflecting their belief that sustained engagement with fewer children leads to a
deeper and more long-lasting impact. MoS designs a varied programme for children and
young people in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets and is developing plans to
extend its reach across London, and replicate the model in other regions of the UK.
Apples and Snakes – London
Established in 1982, �Apples and Snakes’ is the leading national agency for performance
poetry and spoken word. It is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and one of
their Bridge Organisations
�Shake the Dust’ was an 18-month programme of professional development,
performances, workshops and infrastructure development for the live literature sector
involving 36,000 young people, 1,080 teachers and several hundred artists. Nine regional
heats culminated in a sell-out national �SLAM’ final at the Southbank Centre featuring
international star Saul Williams.
Broad national engagement was achieved through five in-depth participatory workshops
for young people in each of the nine regions with performances and taster workshops
engaging 360 young people who experienced the full workshop programme, and 78
young people in the national final – all participating children were new to performing.
The legacy of this project is very wide ranging and includes a consortium of SLAM
producers continuing to meet after 2012, thousands of children and young people
enthused by possibilities of spoken word performance, a much-enhanced profile for live
literature post-Olympics, and hundreds of artists trained in working with schoolchildren to
enhance performance and creative writing skills.
3. A high-quality curriculum and qualifications offer in
arts subjects
It is essential that all children and young people have access to a high-quality curriculum
in which learning and the enjoyment of cultural subjects form an integral part of their
education. Our curriculum and qualification reforms therefore aim to secure a curriculum
of the highest quality, leading to worthwhile and rigorous qualifications in the arts and
creative subjects that support future aspirations.
The new National Curriculum
The new national curriculum sets out the essential knowledge that all children and young
people should know between the ages of 5 and 14. Our new draft programmes of study
are both challenging and ambitious, focusing on the fundamental building blocks of study,
so that every child has the knowledge and understanding to succeed (see Appendix C).
The programmes of study of art and design, music, design and technology and PE have
all been significantly slimmed down so that unnecessary prescription about how to teach
has been removed. Teachers will be better able to use their creativity and judgement in
teaching these subjects. For example, in art and design there is a stronger emphasis on
drawing skills, and in music a stronger emphasis on learning about music through musicmaking activity.
The new national curriculum will be in schools this autumn for first teaching in
2014. Creating a slimmer, high-quality curriculum in these subjects will improve cultural
education as schools and teachers use their new freedoms to design and adapt their
provision to match the needs and interests of their pupils. A high quality cultural
education should ensure that all pupils have the chance to read books, sing, make
music, film or animation, dance, draw, design, perform and be given opportunities to
attend art galleries, museums, see film including world cinema, and go to theatre and
concert performances.
International surveys of pupils’ performance show that a number of jurisdictions
consistently outperform England in reading, mathematics and science. For example, in
the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), we are behind highperforming jurisdictions in reading, with an above-average spread of attainment between
pupils who do well and those who do not. Our performance in mathematics in the Trends
in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) for pupils at the age of 10 has
not improved since 2007. Furthermore, TIMSS science results show a drop in
Such evidence indicates the need for reform in the core subjects to ensure that we
remain competitive in the global market. Our reforms extend to the whole curriculum, so
that schools pursue excellence in all subjects including the arts. Our reforms to slim the
curriculum and give greater autonomy to teachers will also mean that schools will need to
take greater responsibility for setting out the detail for all subjects, including in the arts,
publishing their school curriculum online for each subject and each year group.
Qualification reform will mean the suite of GCSEs in the arts and creative subjects at key
stage 4 will also focus on excellence, so that we can be confident our examination
system is truly rigorous and comparable with the best in the world. Finally, our reforms to
the accountability system for secondary schools will include a new measure that
encompasses qualifications in the arts so that there are no incentives for schools to focus
only on core subjects.
Reforming GCSE qualifications
In addition to reforming the national curriculum, we need to ensure that our pupils have
access to qualifications that set expectations which match and exceed those in the
highest performing jurisdictions. GCSEs will be comprehensively reformed with more
challenging subject content and more rigorous assessment structures. They will remain
universal qualifications that are accessible, with good teaching, to the same proportion of
pupils as currently sit GCSE exams at the end of key stage 4. The changes will initially
apply to subjects like English Language and Literature but changes to other subjects,
including other cultural subjects, will follow as soon as possible after that, with the aim
that new qualifications are in place for teaching from September 2016. As with recent
changes to the content of the ICT curriculum, we will be encouraging organisations in the
cultural sector to play an active role in reforming GCSEs. ACE is already undertaking
work to review curriculums and qualifications in arts subjects, and we will be working with
them and other arts and cultural organisations as they review the curriculums and
assessment methods for those subjects to ensure that they are comparable, relevant and
rigorous in the future.
We have already taken steps to improve vocational qualifications. Following on from the
Wolf review we have ensured there is proper assessment and tighter quality control on
vocational courses. Professor Wolf’s review helped us identify valuable vocational
qualifications that provide a foundation for progression.
Pupils and parents need to have confidence that the qualifications they choose will lead
to progression and high quality outcomes at every level. The changes outlined above,
together with reforms to apprenticeships and A levels, will ensure that young people who
choose vocational qualifications linked to the creative and cultural industries can be
confident that they are following rigorous programmes of study that lead to clear paths in
education and employment.
Employment-based learning opportunities for young people
The Creative Employment Programme (CEP) is a collaboration between ACE and
Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Skills Council which provides employment-based
opportunities for young people. The CEP aims to get 6,500 young people into the
creative industries via work experience, paid internships and 2,900 Apprenticeships. ACE
is investing up to ВЈ15 million in the CEP. The programme offers attractive incentives for
employers to take on young people.
The CEP also receives investment from the National Apprenticeships Service via
�Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (16-24)’. These are grants of £1,500, which are
designed to support smaller employers with up to 1,000 employees taking on apprentices
aged 16-24, who have not taken on an apprentice in the previous 12 months. Employers
can claim for up to 10 new apprentices.
The National Skills Academy is the national delivery partner for the programme, working
in collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service and the Job Centre Plus
network to make sure that young people and employers across England can get involved
in the programme.
In addition to the CEP there are opportunities in the creative digital sector. Ahead of
London Fashion Week, the sector marked the opening of applications for Creative
Skillset’s new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles and there is also a
Higher Apprenticeship in Advertising and Marketing Communications, and Advanced
Apprenticeships in Creative & Digital Media, Fashion & Textiles, Set Crafts and Photo
Also, as the creative industries were identified as a growth sector in the industrial
strategy, some local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships are offering higher
wage subsidies to creative sector businesses to take on apprentices.
We have consulted on new proposals to improve the way in which secondary schools are
held accountable. The proposed changes will mean a more balanced and meaningful
accountability system that encourages a broad and balanced curriculum at key stage 4.
The new performance measures system will strengthen the place of cultural subjects in
the school curriculum by giving recognition to a broader range of pupil achievement
across more subjects. In addition to the percentage of pupils in each school reaching an
attainment threshold in the vital core subjects of English and mathematics, we are
proposing to introduce a progress measure based on a points score across a suite of
eight qualifications. The eight qualifications counted in the measure will enable the arts
subjects to receive full recognition in secondary school accountability. This new approach
will provide a strong incentive for schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all
their pupils, including subjects such as art and design, music, drama, dance and the
expressive arts. This new progress measure across eight qualifications incentivises
schools more strongly to improve their teaching across the full curriculum. By measuring
average point scores rather than the single cut-off point of the �C’ grade, the new
measure will also ensure that the achievement of all students is recognised equally,
including both low attainers and high flyers.
Taken together, these reforms will ensure that our curriculum and qualification system
can compete with the best in the world in all subjects.
4. Excellent teaching
Nothing has more impact on a child’s achievement than the quality of teaching they
receive. Performance management and professional development both underpinned by
clear unequivocal Teachers’ Standards improve the quality of the profession.
We are raising the bar for new teachers and supporting existing teachers to improve and,
with the new appraisal and capability arrangements, making it easier for head teachers to
identify and tackle underperformance. The new Teachers’ Standards came into effect in
September 2012 and a National Scholarship Fund for teachers has been set up to help
existing teachers in England deepen their subject knowledge.
Professional Development (PD)
Professional development is important to ensure that teachers’ knowledge is up to date,
and that they improve their skill in making their teaching engaging and relevant to their
pupils. Evidence gathered from the world’s best-performing school systems shows
teachers learn best from other professionals, such as through observing teaching, being
observed, and receiving feedback. Our approach to teachers’ professional development
focuses on improving the capacity for schools to take the lead in the training and
development of teachers and creating more opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. A
network of teaching schools is already in place, each specialising in particular subjects
and school improvement. The intention is to build up to a national network of about 500
teaching schools by 2014 to 2015.
We are supporting a network of teaching schools which specialise in the cultural aspects
of the curriculum to play a leading role in developing and disseminating professional
development materials and resources for teachers. More information on this project is
provided in the next sub-section.
SPTA – Yorkshire and Humberside – Doncaster
School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) encompasses 40 primary and secondary
academies across the North of England totalling over 20,000 young people aged from 3
to 19 from a diverse range of social, religious and cultural backgrounds. The SPTA has
appointed a Director of Arts to lead and oversee cultural education within and across
these schools.
Over the past eight years the SPTA, with financial support from ACE, has successfully
delivered the Garforth Arts Festival. This is a programme of cultural education bringing
together, through effective partnerships, young people, artists, arts organisations and
school communities. This all-year-round provision creates exciting and rich cultural
learning opportunities for all young people through and beyond the curriculum, and
provides a comprehensive programme, methodology and supporting PD materials for
The many achievements of the 2012 programme in delivering a high-quality educational
provision include:
 engaging over 3,000 young people in performances;
 involving 22 schools;
 working alongside 11 arts organisations;
 creating 23 additional educational projects;
 creating CPD models, methods and materials to support the delivery of cultural
 providing an additional 276 participatory arts sessions;
 supporting over 100 artists;
 creating 70 professional artist performances to nearly 5,000 people, with a further
10,000-plus accessing through alternative methods including the website, radio and
media coverage; and
 developing strong artistic links with Mzuvele High School in Durban, South Africa,
through a music exchange project.
Headteachers have a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for the
pupils in their school, and to promote their cultural development. It is equally important
that they ensure that their teachers have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver
the curriculum. When planning their curriculum, schools should consider how they can
incorporate cultural education as an integral part of their offer throughout the year,
making sure that cultural opportunities are not limited to particular subjects. A high-quality
cultural education will only be achieved where it is integral to a school’s ethos.
“Headteachers remain an incredibly important force for ensuring that Cultural Education
remains a thriving part of every school’s life. During the course of this Review, I was
greatly heartened to meet a large number of headteachers and to hear from a further
significant group who took part in roundtable discussions. They all underlined the
important role that they felt that Cultural Education played in each of their schools”.
Darren Henley, Review of Cultural Education
Cultural education support for teachers and schools
From February 2013, DfE is funding 10 Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) to develop a
broad package of CPD resources and activities for cultural education subjects designed
to support schools in improving their planning and delivery of a coherent and high-quality
cultural education. The department is providing ВЈ300,000 over three years as part of this
work, which started in February 2013.
TSAs are ensuring that the types of support they provide are diverse, focus on a wide
range of cultural experiences and cultural education providers; and consider the
curriculum experience of cultural subjects, not just extra-curricular experiences.
Resources and activities will encourage effective partnership working between schools
and cultural education providers to become embedded, including working with their
relevant Bridge organisation within ACE’s Bridge network.
TSAs are building partnerships with cultural education providers to ensure they have a
clearer understanding of how to provide opportunities that meet the needs of schools.
They will be extending their learning to other Teaching School networks across the
Cultural education providers supporting teachers’ PD
Cultural education providers can support schools and teachers by designing their
activities to match the school curriculum, and by providing an array of age-appropriate
experiences for children at different phases of education. The strongest offers are those
which have been developed through partnerships with schools so that they enhance what
is being learned in the classroom.
“It is important that schools and the cultural organisations working with schools have a
meaningful two-way dialogue. The cultural organisations need to ensure that the
programmes and activities they provide are fulfilling the requirements identified by the
schools; the schools themselves need to articulate their requirements clearly to the
cultural organisations. Quality, standards and learning outcomes should be the
watchwords for all cultural organisations’ engagement with schools.”
Darren Henley, Review of Cultural Education
Many of the cultural education providers already work with schools and teachers to help
them develop their skills in making the most of the resources and opportunities on offer,
for example by providing lesson plans or training.
National Archives PD offer
The National Archives Education Service offers a professional development programme
which gives teachers access to their unique collections and supports them in developing
new source-based activities. Alongside their academic partners, they offer the choice of
working online, on an accredited Master's module or with teachers from overseas. Their
flexible programme combines the expertise of their education team with that of university
academics and record specialists. The National Archives bring history to life through their
award-winning programme of taught sessions and online resources.
English Heritage support for teachers
Each year English Heritage introduces a new generation of teachers to heritage sites as
outdoor classrooms which provide the most memorable learning experiences that
children will have. Over 1,000 teachers a year already participate in Initial Teacher
Training programmes or PD delivered in partnership with teacher education providers
and teaching schools; and often in heritage properties.
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Creative Learning Network is a PD and networking opportunity for teachers and
artists to share ideas and experiences. Run by Theatre Royal Wakefield and The
Hepworth Wakefield, an ACE National Portfolio organisation, and supported by Cape UK
(a Bridge organisation), the network offers five artist-led sessions each focused on a
specific issue relevant to creative ways of teaching and learning, and a sixth reflective
The network aims to cover issues ranging from Philosophy for Children and encouraging
children to ask questions, drama and in-role approaches cross-curriculum, trails and denbuilding, to exploring how you achieve a good Ofsted whilst still being creative. Each
session will be facilitated by an artist with practical hands-on opportunities.
For artists, this is a great opportunity to meet teachers and get a greater insight into
some of the issues faced by schools that can be addressed by creative projects. For
teachers, this is an opportunity to meet artists and discuss possible programmes, gain
new skills and meet other teachers and share ideas.
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Developing the skills of teachers to engage their pupils with Shakespeare through active
approaches in the classroom is a key priority for The Royal Shakespeare Company
(RSC). Their work is inspired by the artistic practices of the company and the way that
actors and directors unlock Shakespeare’s language in rehearsals. The company creates
a rich PD programme for schools across the country, working with over 2,500 teachers
each year in the early years to those teaching �A’ level. The PD programme includes:
introductory one day courses, week long level intensives and courses accredited at post
graduate level; Teaching Shakespeare, a ground breaking online platform; high quality
teaching materials such as The Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers and digital resources
featuring actors working with text such as Shakespeare Unlocked created with the BBC.
Initial Teacher Training
The vision of the future of initial teacher training (ITT) is for the best schools in the
country to be partnering the best ITT providers - which will increasingly be the schools
themselves - to recruit and train the next generation of teachers, ensuring that they are
equipped with the right skills and capabilities to deliver improved outcomes for pupils and
thrive in a self-improving profession.
Through School Direct, schools are able to take the lead in recruiting, selecting and
training their future teachers, with more opportunities for trainees to learn in the
classroom. School Direct allows schools to work with the accredited teacher training
provider of their choice, and to tailor the course to suit their own needs. We are also
expanding School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) which allows schools to come
together to form partnerships to deliver ITT and offer trainees accredited training working
alongside some of the best teachers in schools. We are also making it easier for schools
to become accredited ITT providers themselves.
Arthur Terry School, Birmingham
Arthur Terry leads an alliance of 12 secondary and 12 primary schools from across
Birmingham, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. It was recently accredited as a SCITT
offering PGCEs in drama, chemistry, maths and physics, with trainees able to follow one
of two routes validated by Birmingham City University. The 38-week programme is
divided between structured training sessions and teaching experience in schools, with
support from a school-based learning coach as well as SCITT subject leaders.
All ITT students get placements in at least three schools across the alliance and Arthur
Terry has developed a �pair and share’ model for placements, where pairs of trainees
work alongside an outstanding teacher.
The alliance has 18 School Direct places in 2012 to 2013, offering PGCEs in music,
English and biology, and 38 places for next year, covering a wide range of subjects.
It is important that schools and their partners who are involved in ITT have a clear
understanding of the content and expectations of the new national curriculum.
As part of a school-led system, DfE has set up autonomous expert groups in each of the
primary national curriculum subjects, including art and design, music and design and
technology. The groups are formed of subject associations, subject specialists, higher
education ITT providers, teaching schools and school based ITT providers. These
opportunities will identify existing resources to support ITT for the new national curriculum
and identify any gaps.
Certificate for Music Educators
Music education is unique in that schools often employ external tutors to teach pupils
how to play an instrument to complement classroom lessons. The Henley Review of
Music Education recommended that a qualification specifically for musicians should be
developed so that peripatetic music teachers and musicians who work with children and
young people as part of their portfolio careers should be able to gain a new qualification.
ACE, working with Creative and Cultural Skills (CCS), experts in music education, and
higher education providers, have led work to develop this qualification, the Level 4
Certificate for Music Educators (CME).
The CME has been developed by the music education sector for musicians who are
involved in musical learning activities for children and young people. It is designed to
encourage music educators, from those who are new to the workforce to those who are
highly experienced, to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the
purposes of music education, and encourage best practice in their contribution to children
and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of music. The CME will be
formally accredited by Ofqual and available to music educators in autumn 2013.
The role of Ofsted
Ofsted has a lead role in ensuring that teaching is of high quality. Since Sept 2012, a new
grade, �requires improvement’, replaced the �satisfactory’ grade. Ofsted is building on its
successful approach to turning around �failing’ schools by using targeted monitoring by
experienced inspectors to challenge and support schools that are not yet good.
Whilst Ofsted does not inspect individual curriculum subjects, it is required to report on
whether the curriculum offered by the school is broad and balanced and promotes the
spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. It also carries out a rolling
programme of curriculum subject surveys and each has a triennial report which can be
found on the Ofsted website: www.ofsted.gov.uk.
Ofsted surveys
An Ofsted survey published in April 2012 examined art, craft and design education in
schools and colleges. Inspectors looked at inspections of colleges and visited primary
and secondary schools, special schools and a sample of art galleries and museums to
identify examples of highly effective and innovative practice. The report, �Making a mark:
art, craft and design 2008-2011’, lists the main characteristics of good or outstanding
lessons in schools and colleges, and is available at:
When inspecting the quality of teaching, Ofsted inspectors will look at all areas of
teachers’ planning and implementing of learning activities across the whole curriculum,
not just core subjects.
In assessing leadership, inspectors will consider the extent to which the curriculum
promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. When
considering leadership and management in a school, inspectors evaluate the extent to
which the curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the needs, aptitudes and interest
of its pupils. Inspectors will also look at how effectively the school promotes the
confidence and engagement of parents and works in partnership with other schools,
external agencies and the community to improve the school, extend the curriculum and
increase the range and quality of learning opportunities for pupils.
The inspection of a school provides an independent external evaluation of its
effectiveness and a diagnosis of what it should do to improve against a national
framework. These inspections provide parents with an expert and independent
assessment of how well a school is performing and help their choice of school. They also
provide information to the Secretary of State for Education and to Parliament about the
work of schools and the extent to which an acceptable standard of education is being
provided, and promote the improvement of individual schools and the education system
as a whole.
5. Celebrating national culture and history
British culture is unique: our language has produced some of the greatest writers and
poets the world has known, and our distinctive fashion and renowned designers are
admired the world over. Our history has often inspired the most poignant and triumphant
art and poetry.
We want children to grow up with a sense of real pride in their local area, founded on a
deep understanding of its heritage and its place in the national story. All children and
young people should know about our national icons and understand the key points in our
history that have shaped our national character and culture.
The Heritage Schools programme
With investment of ВЈ2.7 million up to March 2015, English Heritage is working with
schools to help them make effective use of their local historic environment and bring the
curriculum alive. Two thousand teachers will participate in training programmes to
support their development, across 190 schools.
Pupils will spend more time learning outside the classroom, making use of heritage
resources like local history societies and archives as well as their local museums.
Schools will also receive additional funding to ensure that pupils who are least likely to
visit heritage sites have the chance to do so. The programme aspires to ensure that:
children are proud of where they live;
children understand their local heritage and how it relates to the national story;
teachers are more confident in making effective use of local heritage resources in
delivering the curriculum;
local historic context is embedded in the school’s curriculum;
heritage providers are more connected to the needs of local schools;
parents are engaged in their children’s learning; and
communities are more deeply involved in the life of the school.
In addition to working directly with schools, the programme will also support heritage
organisations without education staff to make their work accessible to teachers and
The programme is producing materials and support for teachers so that the model can be
disseminated to all schools. These materials will provide practical ideas for teachers in
any part of the country to make better use of the heritage on their doorstep.
Heritage Explorer provides thousands of images grouped by theme, a vast range of
inspiring teaching activities for all ages, ready-made whiteboard lessons and toolkits for
teachers to create their own activities. The site is continually updated with images from
the English Heritage Archive and provides a fascinating glimpse of the past to which
pupils can easily relate.
In addition to its image library and activities on Heritage Explorer, English Heritage also
provides a wealth of other resources from Geocache trails to teachers’ guides as well as
information and activities to support visits to English Heritage properties. Over 100,000
resources are downloaded annually.
More information about Heritage Explorer is available at: www.heritage-explorer.co.uk
Heritage School – Frome Vale Academy, Bristol
Frome Vale Academy, a primary academy in Bristol, began working with the Heritage
Schools project in September 2012. After just three terms, they felt ready to develop new
local history enquiries across the whole school which have had significant impacts on the
staff, pupils and the local community.
They began term four with an inspirational day of interactive theatre provided by the
acclaimed Desperate Men theatre company which acted as a stimulus for a series of
enquiries throughout the school. Reception pupils looked at what play was like a long
time ago and involved families in exploring all sorts of play from the past.
Years 1 and 2 pupils asked �When did our school begin?’ and invited past pupils and staff
members to explore the area around the school and to use local web resources. The
skills to use these kinds of resources had been developed as part of the PD provided by
English Heritage.
Years 3 and 4 pupils looked at the story of the estate on which the school is situated.
They had a visit from a local historian and the local Architecture Centre and worked with
a local photographer to record the estate today. Teachers commented that this was one
of the most empowering and stimulating sessions they had ever attended and the respect
and appreciation shown by the children for their own community was palpable.
Years 5 and 6 pupils explored how reporting of events has changed since a notorious air
crash near the school in the 1950s. The children conducted their own research using a
range of sources including maps and archive news stories and concluded with an
evocative day in the woods near the crash site with a local storyteller.
Across the school, teachers are reporting a significant impact on writing and other areas
of the curriculum. Rosamond Farrell, the Principal, commented: “We have found this
project has helped us work towards one of our core aims: getting involved with the
community. We have worked on it as a whole academy with all classes this term. We
have had superb support from English Heritage and also from local people with
storytelling and visits.”
Commemoration of the centenary of the First World War
One of the most significant events in our history is the First World War. In
commemoration of its centenary, we are planning a lasting educational legacy in
We will run a flagship scheme to give thousands of schoolchildren and teachers the
opportunity to visit the Great War battlefields. Pupils will learn about the sacrifices made
and the personal stories of those involved. Children who do not visit will also benefit
when those who have taken part pass on what they have learnt from their experience.
Schools will be encouraged to establish commemoration projects such as collecting
photographs and uncovering local stories. This project will ensure a lasting legacy of this
signal event in our history and culture.
A range of other activities is planned as part of the commemoration, many delivered
through the organisations in the Cultural Education Partnership Group (including ACE
and EH – see page 55). For example:
the BFI’s digitisation programme will prioritise making available a selection of films
from its First World War selection.
EH and DfE’s Heritage Schools project, which aims to ensure that school children
develop an understanding of their local heritage, will focus on heritage sites with
connections to the First World War so pupils can learn the stories of how the war
affected local communities.
the Imperial War Museum (IWM) is playing a leading role in the commemoration
and will co-ordinate a programme of activities from 2013 to 2019 in the UK and
the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting a wide range of heritage and
community-led projects to commemorate the First World War and to explore its
relevance for contemporary society, with grants available from ВЈ3,000 upwards.
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is developing a complete digital
record of both world wars. As part of this it will review its educational materials to
make them more accessible.
ACE is working closely with IWM and HLF to support a range of museum and arts
activity, and a potential children’s competition linked to the centenary.
the War Memorial Trust is supporting communities to photograph memorials as
part of a legacy programme. They are also engaging with young people to explain
the importance and history of local memorials.
First World War – engaging young people across the United Kingdom
In October 2012, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, set out the UK Government’s
commitment to mark the centenary commemoration of the First World War. As part of his
announcement, he highlighted the new programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund which
will complement other initiatives such as the government’s Battlefield Tour project for
schools. From May 2013 grants of between ВЈ3,000 and ВЈ10,000 will be available for
projects that engage young people and their communities with the centenary of the First
World War.
HLF has committed a minimum of ВЈ1 million per year for six years for the programme
which will encourage young people to explore, learn about and conserve their local First
World War heritage. A wide range of projects will be considered including: researching,
identifying and recording local heritage; developing new interpretation through media
such as exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps; writing and performing creative material
based on heritage sources; conserving a war memorial; and creating a community
archive or collection.
This new small grants programme underlines HLF’s recognition that the First World War
centenary will be of great interest and significance over the coming years – including for
young people. There has already been interest: since April 2010, across all of its grant
programmes, HLF has invested more than ВЈ12 million in over 70 projects marking the
centenary, many of which have directly engaged young people in their development and
Accrington PALS
With a HLF Young Roots grant, young people researched the poignant story of the
Accrington PALS regiment, which recruited hundreds of men from the Lancashire town at
the start of the First World War. They produced and acted in a short film recounting the
beginnings of the battalion and the attack on Serre in 1916 which claimed the lives of
most Accrington soldiers and had a devastating impact on their families. The film was
shown at community venues in the town to help others learn about this local heritage.
See page 56 for more on Young Roots.
Read for My School
Read for My School is a national competition, run by Booktrust and the Pearson
Foundation and supported by DfE. It is aimed at children in years 5 and 6 in its first year,
designed to motivate children of all abilities with a variety of interests to read for pleasure.
The competition is intended to introduce children to a wide a variety of genres including
Historical Hits (tales to take you back in time); It’s a Mystery (thrillers, whodunits and
spooky stories); Keep it Real (books to fill your brain with facts); Laugh out Loud (riproaringly funny reads); Out of this World (titles with a touch of sci-fi, fantasy or magic);
Stars of the Screen (books featuring characters from film and TV); Thrill Seekers
(amazing adventure stories); and Wild Thing (tales of animal antics).
Pupils choose from recommended titles or make their own choices as readers. The
competitive element of the programme motivates children of all abilities with a variety of
interests to read for pleasure. Pupils entered into the competition read their way to
rewards for themselves and their schools.
For more information about the competition go to www.readformyschool.co.uk
The Charles Dickens bicentenary
We have already taken opportunities to celebrate our national icons, including on 7
February 2012, the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Then Minister of State for
Schools, Nick Gibb MP, took the opportunity to speak to staff and pupils at Stockwell
Park High School on that day about the joy of reading.
In his speech he said: “Dickens was an author who read voraciously and he would be
delighted to know his books are being read, re-read, shared, enjoyed and annotated until
their pages yellow. The great irony of course, is that when Dickens was writing, few were
reading. Fewer than half of children attended early Victorian schools, industrial revolution
brought terrible poverty and hardship. Literacy was a gift for the few.”
Examples from the national offer
Buckler’s Hard – Hampshire
Buckler’s Hard is an 18th century shipbuilding village on the banks of the Beaulieu River
which offers a range of award-winning educational programmes. The Village, redisplayed Maritime Museum and historic cottage interiors are the focus for educational
programmes on shipbuilding and 18th century social and domestic life.
Role-play tours allow children to take the part of 18th century visitors to see the village
where ships for �Nelson’s navy’ were built, including his favourite Agamemnon. Children
can learn about Nelson, the Adams family and the cat-o-nine-tails, and life in the 18th
century village where three of the ships which took part in the battle of Trafalgar were
built. There are opportunities to find out how the ships were constructed and to see the
launchways where they were built; and to discover what life at sea was like for those who
took part in the battle.
The Fashion Museum – Bath
The Fashion Museum in Bath hosts a world-class collection of contemporary and
historical dress, and offers educational activities from key stage 1 through to A level.
Activities linked to the national curriculum allow children to learn about clothing past and
present, exploring different types of dress, fabrics and patterns. There are opportunities
within the key stages to explore fashion from the 20th century based on special displays,
or to explore the last 400 years of fashion, linking costumes from the past with the latest
fashions from the 'Catwalk'. Activities incorporate creative opportunities such as
producing a fashion design using collage, shoe designing, sketching, drawing and taking
photographs, either individually or within groups.
The Chalke Valley History Festival
The Chalke Valley History Festival was set up in 2011 to support enjoyment and
understanding of our rich and varied history, with all profits going to the Chalke Valley
History Trust, which was established to promote the understanding and importance of
history to all ages and, in particular, to school children. The Festival combines literature
with �living history’ displays, and plays host to high-profile guest speakers. In 2013 the
Festival will run a new schools programme featuring a wide range of curriculum based
English Heritage Discovery Visits
What was Darwin really like? How do we know about Anglo-Saxon history? Could you
handle life as a servant in the Royal Household? Each year over 30,000 children
experience history at first hand as part of English Heritage’s acclaimed Discovery Visit
programme. The hands-on experiences are led by actors, writers and volunteers and
draw on the invaluable expertise of the staff at the properties. The programme has
received numerous awards for the quality of the educational experience provided. As well
as running facilitated sessions which any school can book, English Heritage is committed
to developing its educational expertise through partnership projects with schools and
other education providers. Such partnerships have resulted in the creation of stories
inspired by the paintings at Kenwood House, a quest-based computer game inspired by
the atmospheric Belsay Hall, the creation of modern-day folk ballads composed and
performed by schools and community members as part of a geocache trail around the
heritage sites of Ironbridge Gorge. This work forms a vital part of the development of
English Heritage staff expertise but also in leading the development of heritage education
practice, both for heritage providers and for teachers in schools.
National Schools Culture Week
One of Darren Henley’s recommendations in his Review of Cultural Education in England
was the development of a National Schools Culture Week which would be �a celebration
of all aspects of Cultural Education in schools and could include performances,
exhibitions, workshops, visits from cultural professionals, visits to cultural venues and
sites. In short, it would provide a focus on all areas of cultural learning, activities and
The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts is well placed to deliver such an
initiative and it has committed to developing, planning and delivering a national initiative
which celebrates cultural education and learning in organisations and schools.
This project is still in the very early stages of development but its objective is for there to
be a national celebration of cultural education which culminates in a week-long festival,
which also:
 complements existing schools’ initiatives, whilst encouraging engagement with cultural
education from schools and organisations that are not currently involved;
 involves children in the planning and development;
 promotes the benefit of cultural education within the context of cross-curricular
teaching and learning;
 highlights the impact of cultural education; and
 inspires a national debate about its significance within current educational thinking.
The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts will take the lead in finding potential
sponsors and developing partnerships and relationships with a wide range of cultural
organisations, to ensure that this initiative is inclusive and relevant. It aims to launch the
initiative later this year.
6. Creating a lasting network of partnerships to deliver
our ambitions
Darren Henley’s Review concluded that despite some excellent examples of
collaboration between arts organisations and schools, a more systematic approach was
necessary to develop a coherent and educationally sound cultural offer for young people.
Some schools can be overwhelmed by the provision on offer, whilst some may struggle
to find support that meets their needs.
A cross-government group has been set up to oversee progress in this complex field of
activity. The group brings together ministers from DfE and DCMS, ALB delivery partners
and school representatives to support and challenge the development of the national
cultural education offer.
Cultural Education Partnership Group (CEPG)
Following publication of �Cultural Education: an independent review by Darren Henley
(February 2012)’, Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Film
Institute and English Heritage have come together as the Cultural Education Partnership
The group is working to address and implement a number of the recommendations. They
are committed to working together to ensure priorities for cultural education cohere so
that they are more than 'the sum of their parts'. Together, they aim to use their respective
resources to maximise the number of high-quality cultural education opportunities for
children and young people, both in and out of school. A significant first step to a more
coherent offer for schools, delivered to a standard in which they can be confident, is that
film and heritage opportunities will be available to young people as part of the Artsmark
They have identified three geographical areas where they will test a shared approach
and greater alignment of activities and resources: the City of Bristol; Barking and
Dagenham; and Great Yarmouth. A number of developments have been identified
through which greater collaboration can benefit more young people such as development
of a Cultural Passport and the Schools and Museums programme.
Great Yarmouth Cultural Education Partnership Pilot
The Great Yarmouth Cultural Education Partnership Pilot (CEPP) brings together
organisations that have a shared goal and vision to provide high-quality cultural and
education provision for children and young people. Cultural organisations, local
authorities and schools are working together to increase young people’s engagement
with culture. Cultural organisations and schools are also planning and working in
partnership to ensure that the programmes cultural organisations deliver meet the needs
of schools and pupils.
The cultural organisations will share their plans of activity with each other to ensure that
there is an exciting, rounded cultural education offer for young people in Great Yarmouth
and develop a shared platform for the communication of those opportunities.
By ensuring activity is well considered, excellent and engaging, the CEPP aims to
increase the aspirations of children and young pilot in an area of considerable
deprivation, and subsequently develop a sense of local pride in the cultural offer available
on their doorstep.
Bristol Cultural Education Partnership Pilot
The Bristol CEPG pilot’s Travelling Light’s T-Lights drama outreach project for children
aged 5 to 7 in areas of multiple deprivation in Bristol focuses on personal, social and
emotional skills. In partnership with a primary school they have run a weekly hour-long
after school drama club for 16 children aged five to seven teaching basic skills for drama
and performance. The workshops focus on developing co-operative and imaginative play
with an embedded personal development programme to encourage teamwork, resilience,
sharing, communication and confidence.
Young Roots
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) currently distributes over ВЈ400 million each year to
projects that make a real difference for heritage and people across the UK. Young Roots
is HLF’s grants programme targeted at young people over 11 years old and provides
participants with active roles in planning and delivering their own heritage projects.
The programme, with an annual budget of ВЈ4 million, awards grants of between ВЈ10,000
and ВЈ50,000. Bringing together heritage and youth organisations to work in partnership,
Young Roots creates opportunities for young people to learn about heritage, develop new
skills and to share their achievements with the wider community.
HLF has invested over ВЈ27 million in more than 1,300 Young Roots projects. It has
showcased a wide range of activities, including exploring and documenting cultural and
music traditions; undertaking nature conservation work; restoring a vintage motorbike;
and curating a digital trail through a museum collection.
Seaside Memories
Twenty young people drawn from two schools in Suffolk researched their local seaside
heritage with the help of Media Projects East, Lowestoft Heritage Centre and the East
Anglian Film Archive. They learned how to record oral history interviews, devised their
own �end of the pier’ show in the tradition of Pierrot mime and created a film based on
their learning, gaining Open College Network credits along the way.
"The team spend all week at school talking to their friends about the work they are doing
here. It's amazing the positive impact it is having on their school work." - Teacher
Find out more about these types of projects and how to apply to Young Roots at
A National Bridge network
ACE has established a national network of �Bridge organisations’ whose role is to
improve the delivery of arts opportunities for children and young people by bringing
together schools and cultural organisations. Bridge organisations will encourage
consistency and coherence across an often complex arts and education landscape,
helping young people and local communities to benefit from the wide range of highquality creative and artistic experiences that are on offer.
Bridge organisations:
 Analyse and understand the local cultural education landscape.
 Build new partnerships between schools, cultural organisations, local government
and communities to build a stronger cultural education offer for children and young
 Create and facilitate networks across arts, culture and education to ensure an
ongoing dialogue.
 Enable schools to identify and access appropriate arts and cultural opportunities,
and bring their views into local cultural planning.
 Drive engagement in Artsmark and Arts Award.
With additional DfE investment of ВЈ4,265,000 over three years, Bridge organisations will
increase engagement of schools (particularly Teaching Schools) and partnerships with a
wider range of cultural organisations encompassing the arts, museums, libraries, film
centres and heritage sites.
Bridge organisations are working with Teaching Schools and other cultural organisations
to develop criteria for educationally sound cultural activities and resources and guidance
for teachers. This package of support will then be disseminated by the Teaching Schools
and Bridge organisations to their networks.
You can find out about your local Bridge by following visiting www.artscouncil.org.uk
and typing �Bridge organisations’ in the search box.
Bridge case study
A New Direction is the lead Bridge organisation for London, funded by ACE.
At A New Direction we believe London has a real opportunity to build on the wealth of
cultural organisations, artists and other assets in the city to become one of the best
places in the world to have a cultural and creative education. We want every young
person to be able to engage effectively with the cultural opportunities the city has to offer.
Since April 2011 our work has focused on understanding the needs of schools and how
they are sustaining cultural engagement whilst navigating significant structural change.
This is helping us provide information for cultural partners on how best to engage with
schools and helping schools navigate a complex range of offers.
We have been working with the Mayor’s Office in London on their inquiry into education
in London. The inquiry panel have produced a watershed report, assessing the state of
schools in the capital and suggesting priorities for action going forward. Within this
framework we have been working with them to explore the notion of a �London
Curriculum’. This proposal forms the centrepiece of the Inquiry’s report to the Mayor and
the GLA is committed to taking this forward.
The London Curriculum is a set of resources, materials, ideas and targeted support
which schools can draw on to enrich their existing programme. It invites schools and
teachers to think about the history, culture and geography of the city as a resource for
We see the London Curriculum as a great way to engage and connect schools with their
local cultural institutions (as well as central London cultural organisations). It can act as a
framework for building meaningful partnerships between schools (sometimes clusters of
schools as well as individuals) and the cultural sector.
We have already had discussions with over 40 cultural organisations on the London
Curriculum including Siobhan Davis Dance Company, the Free Word Centre, Sound
Connections, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, to name a few.
The focus on an area or place-based approach to enriching the curriculum is a new way
of exploring how schools can sustain and grow their cultural engagement whilst
maintaining a focus on the EBacc. It also offers real potential for excellent use of Pupil
Premium funding to support trips and projects.
National portfolio organisations
In addition to the Bridge organisations, there are some 460 arts organisations in ACE’s
new �National Portfolio’ (approximately 65%) that have indicated they will play a
significant role in the delivery of great art for children and young people over the next four
They have a strong track record of working in partnership with schools. In fact, National
Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) represent one of the biggest groups of organisations,
other than schools themselves, which deliver the national curriculum. They can enhance
the offer by bringing a wide range of skills and expertise that can bring the curriculum to
life – and beyond this, they are able to offer avenues for children and young people to
develop skills outside of school.
The curriculum also opens up opportunities for NPOs to work with schools to add value
to ensure a rich, broad and balanced programme of study. They also play a major role in
the local cultural offer for young people and respond to the needs of local schools,
children and families.
NPOs will make a significant contribution towards helping young people to experience
the richness of the arts.
Dance case study – DanceEast
DanceEast, one of ACE’s NPOs, wants every young person in the East of England to
have access to dance experiences, to be inspired and curious, and to learn in and
through dance.
At their Jerwood DanceHouse they offer a variety of classes, run youth dance groups for
different ages and, in partnership with others, the regional group East Youth Dance.
Young people showcase their creative and performance skills in local, regional and
national performances. Those with exceptional potential and aspiring towards a
professional dance career can audition for the DanceEast Academy, one of the nine
National Dance Centres for Advanced Training (CATs).
They use dance in innovative ways to enhance academic attainment, such as through
dance and literacy programmes, and enrich the school curriculum through supporting
schools to achieve the Artsmark and young people to gain Arts Awards. They help
teachers develop their skills and confidence, and work with partners on projects such as
The Royal Ballet’s primarySTEPS programme, and the Princes Foundation Start
Hospices and Start Schools projects. Specific programmes focus on young men, young
people with additional needs and those in hospital, and take dance to unexpected places
through Big Dance, to the Latitude Festival and the Suffolk Show.
This array of ways into dance connects with a pyramid of opportunity. Young people can
progress in many directions, including engaging with professional artists through
workshops and performances. They are working with partners across the country on
MOKO Dance, to develop the breadth of dance for young people and their families.
Learning and engagement at the Royal Opera House
Learning and engagement sit at the heart of the Royal Opera House's (ROH) strategy to
enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet. A dedicated education department created
opportunities for 22,238 participants last year and welcomed a further 21,207 to
performances through targeted initiatives.
ROH extend their reach further through digital content, and through a strong emphasis on
continuing professional development courses that seek to increase teachers’ and trainee
teachers’ skills and confidence to teach the arts and teach through the arts. Current
courses focus on: how to enable students to create short original operas in the
classroom, as a vehicle for addressing several elements of the KS2 curriculum;
introducing creative methods of dance teaching and learning in the curriculum; and
approaches to leading singing with children. This training leaves a lasting legacy within
schools; ROH deliver open access courses as well as targeted interventions that aim to
address specific issues, often in conjunction with local authorities and teacher training
ROH also works directly with young people. Partnerships with schools, colleges and
community organisations enables ROH to contribute alongside them – through jointly
planned projects - to support children and young people’s cultural and creative
development, with a particular emphasis on working in areas where their access to the
arts is likely to be limited for a variety of social, geographical and economic reasons.
Across their programme they seek to ensure that their activity supports the national
curriculum and specific courses. ROH believes its role as an arts organisation is to lead
with the art, and to provide authentic creative and artistic experiences that complement
and enrich those that teachers and schools/colleges provide.
A strong commitment to Thurrock and Thames Gateway is evident across their
programme. High House Production Park in Purfleet was created in collaboration with
ACE, Thurrock Council and Thurrock and Thames Gateway Development Corporation as
a national hub for backstage crafts and a catalyst for cultural regeneration; it includes
their own scenery construction and painting workshop (with integral viewing gallery and
learning space) and the new National Skills Academy Backstage Centre. In close liaison
with Thurrock Council’s Education and Learning team, ROH works with schools, colleges,
pupil referral units, music education hubs and other local partners to open up new
opportunities (especially in backstage theatre) and contribute to community cohesion.
This reach is further extended through their work as an ACE Bridge delivery organisation
connecting children and young people with arts and culture across Kent, Essex,
Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
None of this work would be possible without the investment made by ACE, corporate
sponsors, individual philanthropy and trusts and foundations.
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Dance Track
Dance Track is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s talent identification programme aimed at
training young dancers aged from six to eight. Birmingham Royal Ballet supported by
Arts Council England runs Dance Track, a project which endeavours to identify and train
young participants showing a potential for ballet and to instil a passion for dance at an
early age.
Initially, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Department for Learning works with over 30 schools
across the north and south of Birmingham and delivers workshops to all year 1 pupils.
The workshops introduce dance in a fun and friendly way.
The programme runs annually at a cost of ВЈ90,000, which is met through fundraising.
The participants, who often may not have otherwise had the opportunity to take part in
dance, are given free weekly ballet lessons taught by Birmingham Royal Ballet staff.
Throughout the year they are invited to Birmingham Royal Ballet to have a look behind
the scenes and to meet company dancers, and are offered tickets to see Birmingham
Royal Ballet performances at Birmingham Hippodrome. The activities offered are
designed to introduce the young participants and their families to ballet and to incite an
interest in the art form.
By participating in schools’ workshops, students’ confidence, communication skills and
creativity is greatly enhanced. Dance Track continues to work with students who display
a particular talent by preparing them for auditions to top ballet schools in the UK,
including Elmhurst School for Dance, the Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet
Workshops take place in school hours, sometimes during the time reserved for physical
education lessons. Teachers at the participating schools are given training by
Birmingham Royal Ballet.
One notable success of Dance Track is the story of 11-year-old Jakob from the Canon
Hill area of Birmingham. Following ballet tuition with the programme, Jakob secured a
place at Elmhurst School for Dance.
Jakob’s mother, Jackie, said:
“He had the opportunity to perform in front of 7,000 people every night at The O2.
Training doesn’t get much better than that. I am so pleased.”
In 2011-12 and over the course of the Dance Track audition process, Birmingham Royal
Ballet visited 18 affiliated schools in the south of Birmingham and a further 17 affiliated
schools in the north of the city, and delivered workshops to over 2,500 students.
Conservatoires and Higher Education
UK conservatoires play a significant role in delivering educational, economic and social
objectives. They are engaged not only with professional training at HE level but with the
identification and development of talent from the youngest ages through their junior and
outreach programmes; provision of extensive public performance and participatory
programmes; and research and knowledge exchange which advances artistic practice
and supports the UK’s cultural and creative industries.
The Olympics saw Conservatoire alumni such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, Annie Lennox
and Kenneth Branagh whose contribution to the Olympics showcased Britain and British
talent around the world; the inspirational David Toole, the dancing star of the Paralympics
closing ceremony, and Erollyn Wallen, the Trinity Laban teacher whose work contributed
to the amazing spectacle.
A new organisation announced for music education
The Federation of Music Services (FMS) and the National Association of Music
Educators (NAME) have joined forces to create The UK Association for Music Education
– Music Mark, a single organisation to promote a joined-up approach across all sectors of
music education. The organisation was officially launched on 19 March 2013.
The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark will connect all those who
contribute to the music education of children and young people in different contexts,
unlocking the potential to raise standards and improve outcomes.
The vision is for membership of The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark to
be the mark of quality in music education. The organisation will support professional
development within the national community of music education to achieve the
highest standards in music education.
By bringing together the diverse range of professionals that contribute to music education
The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark hopes to create a stronger, more
unified voice of those involved in music education, so that they can work more closely
together to improve the learning and personal outcomes for children and young people in
and out of school.
BFI Film Policy Review
In response to the challenge set out by both Darren Henley (below) and The Film Policy
Review, the BFI has launched a ВЈ7 million per year Lottery Scheme. Investment in the
scheme is intended to achieve a significant step change in the level of provision in one
easy and accessible offer. These activities should build a strong, practical cultural
entitlement for young people, emphasising enjoyment, learning and the development of
hard and soft skills.
“The government commissioned the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury to lead a review into
Film Policy, which was published earlier in 2012. It includes specific reference to film
education as well as the importance of supporting pro-copyright messages across
cultural education initiatives for all sectors. Lord Smith and his panel worked
collaboratively with the British Film Institute across the review.
“With its newly enlarged remit, the British Film Institute is best placed to build on the work
done in formal and in informal film education in recent years. Alongside the
recommendations already made by Lord Smith in this specific area, I would encourage
the British Film Institute to be bold in bringing these film activities together into a joinedup coherent film education offer.”
Darren Henley, Review of Cultural Education
On 12 April 2013 the BFI appointed a new organisation Film Nation UK which will, from
September 2013, deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme that will be
available to every 5- to 19-year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. Film Nation’s new
programme, using funds from the National Lottery for good causes, will aim to safeguard
and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a
new generation of filmmakers and film talent.
Examples from the national offer
Theatre and Arts Partnership
Digital Theatre works in partnership with the leading theatre companies and arts
organisations in the country to bring the best theatre through desktop, tablets or
television screens. The partnership includes many ACE-supported organisations such as
RSC and Unicorn Young Vic, as well as The Globe.
Part of the offer is �Digital Theatre Plus’ which is home to a set of unique films of leading
British theatre productions for schools, colleges and universities, and is a bold new
approach to experiencing and learning about theatre online. The resources are used to
introduce students to theatre as an exciting, relevant and accessible art form through a
familiar medium, engaging and motivating students with films of set text and
commentaries. It complements and extends theatre visits to help students appreciate that
there are many ways to stage and interpret plays.
DesignLab – Heatherwick Studio with V&A Museum and Whitecross High School,
DesignLab explores new ways of engaging students and teachers with design.
Developed by the V&A Museum, it brings schools together with museum educators,
practising designers and the museum's collections to inspire a new generation of creative
One DesignLab project was devised and delivered in collaboration with V&A Schools,
Heatherwick Studio and Whitecross High School in Hereford. The project aimed to
showcase Heatherwick Studio’s extraordinary and cross-disciplinary approach to
working, as well as model how to use the V&A’s collections to answer contemporary
design briefs.
A group of students was selected from years 7 to 9 to form a vertical teaching group.
They were teamed up to ensure a range of ages, and many of the students had not
worked with each other before. They were invited to Heatherwick Studio to learn about its
work and processes. Architects, designers and makers from the studio challenged the
students to tackle a variety of briefs covering different disciplines; these ranged from
designing a structure to span the river Wye to designing a folly building in Hereford. Each
of the briefs was set in real-life locations, local to the school.
The studio paired seemingly disparate areas of the V&A’s collection with each brief,
including ceramics, glass, jewellery and ironwork. Students conducted their initial
research at the museum, which included having talks from curatorial staff and
participating in handling sessions to generate new ideas, discussion and creative
thinking. The project continued back at school with lead teacher, Nick Harriman,
modelling the studio’s practice and working collaboratively with teachers in different
departments to tackle the design briefs more holistically. Nick explains: “The project has
made us look at the way we scaffold our design projects, changing the way we use
language and ultimately the way we ask our students questions.”
Finally the students returned to the museum to present their work back to the studio, V&A
curators, teachers and the V&A Schools team. The students approached their work in
new and innovative ways, drawing on contemporary design practice and the rich
resources of the V&A. Nick summarises: “The project has taught the students to interact
with objects and their surroundings in a way that removes any barriers to creative
solutions. They now see endless possibilities to the everyday information and
experiences they see and feel.”
Barbican Centre and Guildhall School, East London, and City Culture Partnership
The Henley Review of Cultural Education singled out the partnership between the
Barbican, Guildhall and London Symphony Orchestra as one of the country’s most
developed models of arts organisations working together to deliver education activities,
calling it a “far-sighted partnership (that) is a model that would benefit from close
examination by other arts and cultural organisations.”
The Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama are working towards
establishing an East London and City Culture Partnership. The aim of this �Culture
Partnership’ will be to extend the high-quality and inspiring work the organisations
currently offer across the Barbican and Guildhall School’s six neighbouring music
education hubs in east London to include theatre, dance, visual arts, spoken word and
The new partnership will aim to:
 foster sustained collaboration between schools, arts and community organisations
 provide transferrable models of training and professional development for artists and
teachers, ensuring that children and young people receive the highest quality learning
The Barbican, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London Bridging organisation �A
New Direction’ look forward to working with a range of organisations, including music
education hubs in east London and the city to make this �Culture Partnership’ a reality.
Appendix A – Darren Henley’s vision of cultural
What cultural education should a child receive?
Recommendation 1: Broad Cultural Education for all children
There should be a minimum level of Cultural Education that a child should expect to
receive during his or her schooling as a whole. For children to leave full-time education
without having engaged in the spectrum of Cultural Education outlined below would be a
failure of a system which sets out to create young people who are not only academically
able, but also have a fully-rounded appreciation of the world around them.
By the time a child is seven years old, they should have:
Regularly taken part in different cultural activities, such as reading books and
story-telling, arts and crafts, making short animations, singing, music-making and
• They should also have been given the opportunity to visit age appropriate events
and venues, such as a theatre, cinema, concert hall, museum, gallery, library or
heritage site.
In her independent report for the government, The Early Years: Foundations for life,
health and learning, which was published in 2011, Dame Clare Tickell clearly lays
out a rationale for delivering Cultural Education to the very youngest children:
�Alongside the three prime areas of personal, social and emotional development,
communication and language and physical development, I propose four specific
areas in which the prime skills are applied: literacy, mathematics, expressive arts
and design, and understanding the world. Practitioners working with the youngest
children should focus on the prime areas, but also recognise that the foundations
of all areas of learning are laid from birth – for example literacy in the very early
sharing of books, and mathematics through early experiences of quantity and
spatial relationships. Any focus on the prime areas will be complemented and
reinforced by learning in the specific areas, for example expressive arts is a key
route through which children develop language and physical skills’.
By the time a child is eleven years old, they should have enjoyed a high quality
curriculum offer which includes:
• The opportunity to gain knowledge about Cultural Education subjects and also to
explore their own creativity.
• The chance to create, to design, to devise, to compose and to choreograph their
own work in collaboration with their classmates.
• The experience of creating work by themselves, such as writing a story, poem or
play text.
• Presenting, displaying and performing to a range of audiences.
• Using arts-specific vocabulary to respond to, evaluate, explain, analyse, question
and critique their own and other people’s artistic works.
• Learning about the application of the latest technology to help them to access
In addition, they will have:
• Been encouraged to be adventurous in their choices about cultural activities, by
learning about literature, films, visual arts, crafts, heritage, music and dance that is
beyond the scope of their normal everyday engagement.
• Learned about the people who have created or are creating art forms. They will
also have gained knowledge about the historical development of those art forms.
• Had the chance to learn a musical instrument.
• Regularly taken part in singing.
• Taken part in dramatic performances.
• Taken part in workshops with professional artists, craftsmen, architects,
musicians, archivists, curators, dancers, film-makers, poets, authors or actors.
• Been on visits at each Key Stage to cultural institutions and venues, which might
include a museum, a theatre, a gallery, a heritage site and a cinema.
• Become a regular user of a library.
• Regularly read books for pleasure, rather than only as part of their schoolwork.
• Been encouraged to use digital technology as a means of accessing and gaining a
deeper understanding of great culture.
• Taken part in the making (writing, acting, shooting, editing) of a short film.
• Had the opportunity to gain a qualification through the Junior Arts Award.
• Received the support necessary to take an interest or passion further.
• Been made aware of the other activities and resources available to them in their
local area.
• Been able to join a lunchtime or after school club to continue their interests.
By the time a child is sixteen years old, they should have continued to have
enjoyed a high quality and enriching curriculum offer through Key Stage 3, including
Art, Dance, Drama, Design, History, Literature and Music.
They should also have:
• Been given the opportunity to study Cultural Education subjects to gain
qualifications at Level 2.
• Continued their journey of cultural discovery by being encouraged to make
adventurous choices about the cultural activities they enjoy.
• Developed knowledge about a range of different aspects of culture, including an
understanding of historical development and context of Art, Drama, Design,
Literature and Music.
• Developed an understanding of the different forms of each cultural area (for
example: literature includes poetry, play texts, short stories and novels; music
genres include classical, pop, hip hop, rock, jazz, folk, musical theatre and world).
• Been on regular visits to a museum, heritage site, gallery and cinema at each key
• Sung in the school choir.
• Attended professional concerts and plays.
• Taken part in an artistic performance.
• Watched and learned about films from outside of the mainstream �Hollywood
blockbusters’, with a specific emphasis on British film.
• Read a broad range of books both by living authors and by authors who may no
longer be alive, but whose books are regarded as literary classics. Some of these
books might be about subjects that are directly relevant to the readers’ lives today,
but young people should also be reading books that expand horizons and show
them the possibilities in the world beyond their own direct experiences.
• Continued to use a library to access a wide range of books, as well as for other
research materials.
• Regularly made use of digital technology to see, read and listen to great culture,
no matter where it is situated in the world.
• Had their artistic and creative work celebrated in school and in their wider local
community through publication, exhibitions, performance and screenings.
• Had the opportunity to achieve their Arts Award Gold, supporting progression to
further and higher education and employment.
• Been supported to take particular talents and interests forward.
• Had a chance to learn about careers in the Creative and Cultural Industries and
been supported to find work experience in these areas, should they wish to pursue
• Had the chance to lead or shape activity in school by helping with a club, acting as
an �arts mentor’ or helping in the school library.
• Been able to join a lunchtime or after school club in areas such as creative writing,
dance, drama, art, music, film or digital media.
By the time a young person leaves school at the age of eighteen or nineteen years
old they should additionally have:
• Been given the opportunity to study Cultural Education subjects to gain
qualifications at Level 3.
• Been made aware of Apprenticeships offered by Creative & Cultural Skills (the
Sector Skills Council for Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music,
Performing and Visual Arts) and Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for TV, film,
radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging,
publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles).
• Had the opportunity to spend time interacting with cultural professionals (such as
artists, writers, archivists, musicians, curators, technicians, film-makers, designers
and dancers).
• Learned about the wider world of employment opportunities within the Creative
and Cultural Industries, aside from only being a frontline performer or �big name’
creative practitioner.
• Been encouraged to continue to sample a wide range of adventurous cultural
experiences during their own leisure time.
• Been encouraged to continue to take part in the broad range of cultural events that
take place both within their school environment and in the wider area in which they
• Developed the ability to build on the knowledge, which they have acquired about
Culture, to be able to discuss and critique the new cultural works that they
• Had their own personal achievements in cultural activities celebrated in school or
in their wider local community.
The adoption of these minimum levels of expectation across the education system
in England would result in a generation of culturally aware and culturally literate young
people moving into adulthood with a genuine understanding of culture and the ability to
make informed critical decisions about the cultural activities in which they engage later in
their lives. I would encourage parents and carers to engage with their children’s schools
in making demands in relation to minimum expectations of delivery in this area.
Appendix B – Arm’s length bodies
Arts Council England
Arts Council England (ACE) is the national development agency for the arts in England,
distributing public money from the government and the National Lottery. ACE funds arts
and cultural activities that engage people in England or that help artists and arts
organisations, museums and libraries carry out their work.
ACE works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in
artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the
arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to
literature, and crafts to collections.
Informed by a major consultation, �Achieving Great Art for Everyone’, and its companion
piece �Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone’,
sets out a 10-year vision with five ambitious goals at its heart. It argues for excellence,
founded on diversity and innovation, and a new collaborative spirit to develop the arts
over the long term, so they truly belong to everyone.
ACE believes that through ever greater collaboration and partnership working more can
be achieved to nurture and champion talented artists and promote England as an
international artistic centre.
With its focus on long-term collaborative action, the strategic framework will enable ACE
to work with partners towards positive change in the arts. It provides the rationale for
ACE’s investment in the arts and culture.
At the heart of the framework are five 10-year goals with one focussed on children and
young people: Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the
richness of the arts. Its aim is to ensure children and young people have the best current
and future artistic lives they can have and that they are able to develop their artistic
capabilities and engage with, and shape, the arts.
The arts fuel children's curiosity and critical capacity. They are every child's birthright. It is
vital that children engage with the arts early in their lives. The arts contribute to the
development and wellbeing of children and young people. They inspire future audiences
and the next generation of artists and arts leaders.
ACE’s immediate priorities are to ensure a coherent, national approach to improve the
way children and young people engage with the arts and culture, in and out of school,
and that more children and young people have access to excellent art and culture.
It does this through a range of investment and activities including through its national
portfolio of arts organisations and major partner museums, including a network of Bridge
organisations that use their experience and expertise to connect children and young
people, schools and communities with arts and culture.
Artsmark is a flagship programme, funded and managed by ACE, to enable schools and
other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.
It is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive
participation. It provides an online auditing tool, benchmark criteria, support from arts
education professionals, a network of committed organisations, and celebrates their
quality arts offer. The new Ofsted inspection framework looks at how well schools
promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as part of their
evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the school. Artsmark is a critical way for schools
to evidence a whole school approach to their pupils' cultural development. More
information about Artsmark is available at www.artsmark.org.uk.
Artsmark case study
Wrockwardine Wood Arts College is an 11 to 16 secondary school that serves a mixed
area of Telford. The school has been on a journey of improvement in the last four years,
moving from satisfactory to good with Ofsted and increasing its results from 30% five A*C in 2008 to 68% in 2012.
The school has a long history with Artsmark, having first applied and successfully gained
silver in 2001, Artsmark’s first year. It immediately reapplied for Gold in the following year
and has held Gold status for 10 years.
Artsmark has led to long-term changes at Wrockwardine. In order to get Artsmark Gold,
the school introduced more dance into the curriculum. This has provided the springboard
for dance to take off and join music as enormously popular and successful curriculum
areas. The school’s recent Ofsted commented: “The wide range of outstanding
performing arts and sporting activities enrich the curriculum and support students’ good
spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. They include dance lessons, enjoyed
by both boys and girls.”
A particular strength of the school’s provision is the broad curriculum at key stage 4
which offers a wider range of subjects from performing arts to art and design. Artsmark is
helping to protect this provision alongside offering the new EBacc to students. Students
take particular pride in their school choir and musicians. They have a 90-strong choir
which performs in school, throughout the community and tours Europe.
Wrockwardine has high aspirations for the future of its arts provision. It recently became
part of the regional Bridge organisations’ network of hub schools because of its Artsmark
status and will soon become the lead school in a multi-academy trust giving it the
opportunity to make a huge impact on another 500 students and a wider community
Arts Award is a national qualification that supports young people who want to deepen
their engagement with the arts, helping them to develop as artists and arts leaders. Arts
Award is developed and managed in partnership between ACE and Trinity College
London. The Arts Award is open to all children and young people aged seven to 25. More
information about Arts Award is available at www.artsaward.org.uk/
Arts Award case study
Deyes High School in Maghull, Merseyside, has been running Arts Award since 2009,
offering students the opportunity to work in a number of art forms, including crafts, dance,
film and new media, literature, theatre and visual arts. The Bronze, Silver and Gold
awards are delivered through the Expressive and Performing Arts faculty.
Arts Award is delivered within the year 9 Music curriculum as well as through timetabled
extra-curricular sessions. The majority of the year 9 cohort work towards their Bronze
Award with two classes taking on the Silver level. In 2012, Deyes expanded its offer to
include the Gold Award as an enrichment option for sixth form students.
Deyes’ links with its feeder primaries are strengthened by the opportunities Arts Award
provides for Silver and Gold students to work with key stage 2 pupils. Students have
delivered dance clubs in primary schools, with key stage 2 pupils then performing what
they have learnt in the Deyes High School dance show. Arts Award participants have
also worked with primary school children on the school newspaper, comics, art and
photography clubs and writing projects.
Deyes High School works with a number of arts and cultural organisations, including
Theatre in the Rough, Sefton Music Service, Urbeatz, Maghull Wind Orchestra,
Swingshift Big Band, Maghull Art Group and the Liverpool Comedy group.
The school works with these organisations in response to the needs of students. Partners
are selected because of their excellent reputations and many of the relationships have
been established for many years, but continue to evolve through evaluation.
“Arts Award adds a further dimension in developing our students’ leadership skills as well
as a passion for our subject areas. Staff are very positive to embrace this opportunity and
support the growth of our students.” – P E Treanor, Director of Physical and Expressive
On behalf of DfE, ACE is investing more than ВЈ171 million of funding between August
2012 and March 2015 in a network of music education hubs across England. In May
2012 it announced the nationwide network of 123 music education hubs (see page 19 for
further details).
Music education hubs will ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to
sing and learn a musical instrument, as well as perform as part of an ensemble or choir. It
will also allow young people to take their talent further – this might be through local
ensembles, partnerships with nationally funded music organisations, including National
portfolio organisations, or through involvement in the Music and Dance Scheme.
Another key activity is the work ACE is undertaking with the wider arts and cultural sector
to establish a broad set of quality principles to help the sector judge better the quality of
the work being produced by, with and for children and young people. Through sector
consultation and commissioned research, ACE is working with the sector to explore ways
in which the principles can now be tested and embedded through the work of NPOs,
cultural organisations and processes such as artistic assessors, young assessors.
It has also developed a new qualification for music practitioners in collaboration with
Creative and Cultural Skills, which will provide recognised accreditation for musicians
working with children and young people.
British Film Institute
The BFI’s aim is to ensure everyone, particularly young people, wherever they live, can
learn about and enjoy the widest range of film. The BFI’s aspiration is for film to be part of
the education of every young person in the UK. To make this happen the BFI is making a
significant investment, using National Lottery funding of up to ВЈ7 million a year, in a bold,
new film education initiative that will deliver an exciting and aspirational programme,
a unified (watching, understanding and making) education offer accessible to all 5to 19-year-olds across the UK:
o in the classroom – so that where possible film is integral to educating young
people and to ensure that all 27,600 schools across the UK have access to
information and services
o after school – to encourage all schools to create exciting and engaging
after-school club activities for watching, understanding and making films
o outside school – ensuring that there are strong links with cinemas, and with
young people who may not engage with formal education
an increase in the number of film education specialists, including teachers, so they
can work closely with young people to develop a critical appreciation of film culture
and their creative talent;
an increase in the number of cinemas and other exhibitors with active strategies to
work with teachers, parents and carers to use the cinema as a space for learning
and enjoyment; and
a world-leading digital platform for 5-19 film education, including a �one stop shop’
for learners and educators, in formal and informal contexts, of all abilities right
across the UK.
More information about the British Film Institute is available at www.bfi.org.uk.
English Heritage
English Heritage is the statutory adviser to government (both central and local) on the
significance of our built heritage and is also the custodian of the National Heritage
Collection of 410 historical places.
English Heritage education programmes focus on introducing children to history in a
lively and engaging way in the places where key events took place. Each year over
370,000 children take part in free education visits to more than 400 historic places.
To support this programme English Heritage provides a diverse range of resources on its
Heritage Explorer website: www.heritage-explorer.org.uk
Resources are designed to support visits but also to provide teachers with stimulating
primary source material and activities to do in the classroom drawing on its archive of
thousands of photographs of England’s Heritage. English Heritage resources are
recommended by all the major exam boards. Over 200,000 English Heritage teaching
resources are downloaded each year.
English Heritage also provides training to 1,200 teachers each year, either in initial
teacher training or through CPD programmes delivered in partnership with universities,
Teaching Schools and other cultural and education providers. Training focuses on how to
make the most of an educational visit, how to use primary source effectively and as part
of our DfE-funded Heritage Schools programme, how to adapt a curriculum to make use
of local heritage resources.
Additionally, English Heritage works with a wide selection of partners on a range of
projects and programmes to explore new ways of working and engage new audiences.
One recent partnership has involved working with a school for children with emotional
and behavioural difficulties to develop a toolkit to support other special needs teachers to
take children out of school on visits.
More information about English Heritage is available at www.english-heritage.org.uk
Appendix C – Draft programmes of study
Art and design
Purpose of study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A highquality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping
them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of
art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and
develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art
and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and
wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design
evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the
historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Attainment targets
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the
matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Subject content
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught:
to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas,
experiences and imagination
to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern,
texture, line, shape, form and space
about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the
differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making
links to their own work.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use
of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different
kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils should be taught:
to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and
revisit ideas
to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting
and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in
their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and
designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils should be taught:
to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals
and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen
the visual impact or applications of their work
about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and
major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
Purpose of study
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A
high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music
and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense
of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with
music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the
musical canon.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods,
genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own
and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use
technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of
musical excellence
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated,
including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo,
timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Attainment targets
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the
matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Subject content
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants
and rhymes
play tuned and untuned instruments musically
listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and
recorded music
experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related
dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and
control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and
manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing
musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
dimensions of music
listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music
drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
develop an understanding of the history of music.
Key stage 3
Pupils should build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing,
composing and listening. They should develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency,
accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and
traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They should listen with
increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians. They
should use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of
musical contexts and styles.
Pupils should be taught to:
play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their
voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a
range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of
musical styles, genres and traditions
identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with
increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and
other musical devices
listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great
composers and musicians
develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which
they listen, and its history.
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